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HIST 393 201 (Lecture)

Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science

An examination of historical, conceptual, and methodological conditions of scientific knowledge through detailed consideration of important episodes in the history of science.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 2 (Jan 06, 2020 to Apr 08, 2020)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): January 17, 2020


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : January 17, 2020
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
February 14, 2020

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
2 Mon Wed Fri11:0012:00Mathematics102
Instructor: RICHARDSON, ALAN WALTER


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-  Cross-listed with PHIL 360. What is science? There is no single answer, but to begin to understand it as a human practice, a body of knowledge, or an instrument for change, we will read some of the key classics in the history of science and use this understanding to address philosophical questions on the methods and scope of science. We will first read brief selections from Aristotle, Copernicus, and the leading seventeenth-century natural philosophers: Bacon, Galileo, Descartes, Boyle and Newton. Next we will read a survey of eighteenth-century science (Hankins), and an account of nineteenth-century British science (Laura Snyder, The Breakfast Club). We will finish with Thomas Kuhns challenge to the claim that there is continuous scientific progress. There will be two midterm tests&~ and one final exam, and one short essay on the Snyder book, based on an assigned question.

Book Summary :
Title Reqd/Opt/Rel Author ISB
Scientific Background to Modern Philosophy Required MATTHEWS 9780872200746
Structure of Scientific Revolutions 50/Anniv Ed Required KUHN THOMAS 9780226458120