Science in the Making: Thinking Historically About Science|
Fall 2011 not offered
|Certificates: The Study of Education|
This course introduces students to a range of perspectives--drawn from history, sociology, anthropology, geography, media studies, and literary studies, among others--on how to write about the history of science. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding the relationship between the histories of science we can tell and the materials that our histories draw upon, from publications and archival documents to oral histories, material culture, and film. In addition to reading academic literature, students will gain practical experience working with historical sources and conducting original research. Topics covered include scientific instruments and technology; the significance of the place where science is done (from laboratories to outer space); scientific "popularization"; science, visual culture, and cinema; gender, race, and science.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Thomas Kuhn, THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996)
Sharon Traweek, BEAMTIMES AND LIFETIMES: THE WORLD OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICISTS (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988)
Gerald Geison, THE PRIVATE SCIENCE OF LOUIS PASTEUR (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995)
Gregg Mitman, REEL NATURE: AMERICA'S ROMANCE WITH WILDLIFE ON FILM (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000).
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will submit several brief essays throughout the semester.