1st degree (Bachelor)
Coordinator Office Hours:
Prof Raz Chen-Morris
The course will examine the evolvement of scientific modes of thought on the backdrop of some of the major intellectual trends in Western civilization from the Enlightenment to the beginning of the 20th century. Among the issues and subjects to be discussed: Chemistry of the French revolution; Romantic Electricity; Evolution and the Imperialist worldview; Thermodynamics and cultural pessimism in late 19th century.
Different aspects of the rise of scientific culture in westren civilization from the 18th to the 20th century.
The historical context of the hegemony of science in the modern world.
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To describe the important events in the history of modern science.
To Indentify the main lines of development of scientific thought in the period from the 18th to 20th century.
To identify the complex relationship between the social, cultural and political aspects and the main events un the history of modern science.
To historically assess the main scientific developments of the modern age.
To critically assess the different personalities that operate in the modern world of science.
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
Newton and the Enlightenment
Newton and the Industrial Revolution
Probability and Enlightenment
The emergence of the science of Economy
Revolution and Chemistry - Lavoisier
Frankenstein and the Vitalistic Debate
Electricity from Franklin to Faraday
Statistics - State and Society
Darwin and the Victorian World
The Birth of the Social Sciences
Frued and the reconstraction of the self.
Additional Reading Material:
End of year written/oral examination 85 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 15 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus