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History of Science in the Modern Age - History 518
Kansas State University, Spring, 1997

Required Reading:

Anthony M. Alioto, A History of Western Science

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Bernard Jaffe, Crucibles
Jonathan Weiner, The Beak of the Finch
Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb
James D. Watson, The Double Helix

Recommended Reading

Kenneth Korey, The Essential Darwin
Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

I. Introduction to the Course

January 23--Lecture 1: The Ancients [Alioto 1-116].

II. Classical Physics and Astronomy

January 24--Lecture 2: Aristotle and the Great Chain of Being [Alioto 117-177].

January 25--Lecture 3: A New Cosmology: Copernicus and Galileo [Alioto 178-207].

January 30--Laboratory 1 Introduction to the Laboratory, Dr. Thomas L. Isenhour.

January 31--Laboratory 2 Classical Physics, Dr. Chris Sorensen, Prof. of Physics.

February 1--Lecture 4: Galileo and the Language of Nature [Alioto 208-222].

February 6--Lecture 5: A Mechanistic World: Descartes and Kepler [Alioto 223-233; Jaffe 25-36].

February 7--Laboratory 3 Classical Physics, Prof. Sorensen.

February 8--Lecture 6: Space and Time: Newton [Alioto 233- 249].

III. Classical Chemistry and Electricity

February 13--Lecture 7: The Age of Scientific Revolution

February 14--Laboratory 4: Classical Physics, Prof. Sorensen.

February 15--Lecture 8: The Enlightenment and the Idea of Progress [Alioto 262-279].

February 20--Lecture 9: The Foundations of Modern Chemistry: Priestly, Cavendish, Lavoisier and Dalton [Alioto 250-279; Jaffe 27-99].

February 21--Laboratory 5 Classical Chemistry, Prof. Isenhour.

February 22--Lecture 10: The Chemical World of Berzelius, Avogadro Mendeleev, and Arrhenius [Jaffe 100-128; 150-180].

February 27--Lecture 11: Foundations of Organic Chemistry--Woehler, Berzelius, and Pasteur [Jaffe 129-149; Alioto 312-332].

February 28--Hour Exam; Laboratory 6 Classical Chemistry

IV. Natural History (Classical Geology and Taxonomy)

February 29--Lecture 12: Time is Everything--Foundations of Natural History [Alioto 280-281].

March 5--Lecture 13: Natural History and Classical Geology [Alioto 293-302].

March 6--Laboratory 7 Classical Geology, Dr. Ronald West, Prof. of Geology.

V. Classical Biology

March 7--Lecture 14: Darwin, Origin of Species [Korey 57-228; Weiner begin].

March 12--Lecture 15: The Beak of the Finch [Weiner entire].

March 13--Laboratory 8 Classical Biology

March 14--Lecture 16: Darwinism in America

March 19--Lecture 17: Origins of Social Science: Marx and Freud

March 20--Laboratory 9 Classical Biology , Dr. John Zimmerman, Prof. of Biology.

March 21--Lecture 18: The Structure of Science Revolution- Kuhn [Kuhn].

March 25-29--no classes Spring Vacation

April 2--Lecture 19: 19th Century Physics - Electromagnetism

April 3--Laboratory 10 Classical Biology, Prof. Zimmerman.

VI. The Atomic and Molecular Era

April 4--Lecture 20: 19th Century Physics - Thermodynamics and Kinetics [Alioto 333-349].

April 9--Hour Exam

April 10--Lecture 21: Radioactivity and Atomic Structure [Alioto 350-375; Jaffe 181-217; Rhodes 13- 53].

April 11--Lecture 22: Radioactivity and Atomic Structure [Jaffe 218-264; Rhodes 53-275].

April 16--Lecture 23: Relativity and Uncertainty [Alioto 376-399; Rhodes 279-442].

April 17--Laboratory 11 Atomic Energy

April 18--Lecture 24: The Making of the Atomic Bomb [Jaffe 265-307; Rhodes 443-678].

April 23--Lecture 25: Science and the Federal Government [Jaffe 308-309; Rhodes 679-788].

April 24--Laboratory 12 Atomic Energy

April 25--Lecture 26: A New Understanding of Life [Alioto 400-430.]

VII. The Chemical and Biological Revolution

April 30--Lecture 27: The Chemical Bond, Prof. Isenhour. Watson begin.

May 1--Laboratory 13 Ecology of the Konza Prairie

May 2--Lecture 28: The Double Helix, Prof. Isenhour [Watson entire].

May 7--Lecture 29: The New Ecology [Alioto 431-443].

May 8--Laboratory 14 Ecology of the Konza Prairie

May 9--Lecture 30: The Frontiers of Modern Science