Studies in the Scientific Revolution

HHS 369 - Thursdays 6:15-08:45 PM

Daniel Newsome Presiding

Rm. 335 Peirce: by appointment

 

Room 219, Babio  (Previously Morton Complex 105)

Spring 2007

Email: newsome232.21@kleos-clarus.org

 

Software: Microsoft Office SyllabusSoftware: Microsoft Office

Research Tools - S.C.Williams Library

Class Guidelines

Final Papers Overview

 

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Date

Class Topic

Details and Links to Assignment Pages

1

1/18/07

 

Introduction: Overview and Classical/Medieval/Islamic World View Set Up.

Assignment 1 (Show up): Ancient to late Medieval epistemology, ontology, physics, metaphysics, mechanics, quadrivium, medicine, and religion. How-to ask questions. 

Scientific Revolution: a period from ca. 1543-1750 or something else?  Lecture PDFs

 I added one more .doc to these on 3/9 for Exam review.

2

1/25/07

Philosophy to Natural Philosophy to Science to Natural Philosophy to…

Assignment 2: Ibn Tufayl’s Story of Hai: An example of how Plato and Aristotle shaped Allah/God.

Lecture: Ibn Tufail, Aristotelian perception and physiology.  Empiricism?

Grosseteste on Light… The light of creation vs. the light of the sun.

 

1/29/07

Last day to Add/Drop

 

3

2/1/07

Macrocosm I

(and some microcosm)

Assignment 3: Shapin, Bacon, Rheticus/Copernicus Intro., Osiander’s Hypothesis.

I added Exam review materials on 3/10.

4

2/8/07

Macrocosm II

Kepler as Ptolemy

Assignment 4: Kepler

Readings: Ptolemy/Kepler parallels. Mysterium Cosmographicum.

I added Exam review materials on 3/10.

5

2/15/07

Astro and Health I

Assignment 5: Harmonics vs. Harmonices Mundi, Cardano-medical/astrology/math, Galen-Mondino-Vesalius-Harvey (Servetus)

Readings: Gouk, Kepler, Debus, Shapin

Lecture on Harmonice mundi and circulation.

I added Exam review materials on 3/11.

6

2/22/07

Body and Health II

Physiologies, Anatomies, the Search for Atoms

Assignment 6: Microscopes, Atoms, and a little optics.

Readings: Hooke and Hall.

I added Exam review materials on 3/11.

7

3/1/07

Galileo

Assignment 7: Galileo

Read the Walker chapter on Galileo and experiment.

 

3/6/07

Midpoint

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8

3/8/07

Descartes, Boyle, et al.

and Secret Societies

Assignment 8: Boyle and the Air Pump and how experiments are viewed.  Torricelli and Pascal and tiny filaments in the air…

 

3/15/07

Recess

Finish reading the Shapin book.

9

3/22/07

Pressure or weight or spring of the air.  What is at the top of Torricelli’s barometer?

Midterm Exam and Assignment 9: See each assignment page above for new additions for review.

I have amended the Exam criteria and the regular assignment as of 3/16, so check it out.

Lecture: Descartes, Boyle, atoms, vacuum, PV=Constant.  The horror. 

Diogenes and Lucretius discovered… Epicureanism and atoms.

10

3/29/07

Philosophy and Idealism and the Calculus

Assignment 10: Newton’s Principia. Hobbes, Locke, Jefferson, Franklin - U.S. Constitution as axiomatic document all Euclid.

11

4/5/07

The Arts in Science and vice versa and optics. 

Assignment 11: Light, camera obscura, action, optics. 

 

12

4/12/07

Societies and matter theory.

Assignment 12: 17th and 18th c. religions, psychology, anatomical imaging, science satire.  The Big Questions.

Important Information: Final Papers Overview

13

4/19/07

 

Following Newton and Leibniz

Assignment 13: Matter as stuff or qualified space?  Least action, energy, time, …

Lavoisier, Boscovich, Priestley, Young, Erasmus Darwin, Davy, Maupertuis, Laplace, Kant,

Matter gone wild.

 

4/25/07

Last day to withdraw.

 

14

4/26/07

Comte’s Vision in the rear view mirror:

Assignment 14:  Philosophy of Science: Standards and the Extremes.

Kuhn, Popper, Planck, Sulloway, Hume, Feyerabend, Sokol, and Brush.

note from 7/07: use Kuhn’s “What are Scientific Revolutions” from The probabilistic revolution, ed. by Kruger: at GC; QA273 .A4 P76 1987

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5/10/07

Final Exam

Final Exam for HHS 369EV Final Exam Page

May 10th,  6pm-10pm -- BC219 (It won’t take 4 hours)

 *Complete the assigned readings before the class meetings. 

   Warning: This is not a static document.  It will be updated each week.

 

Texts: Please obtain the following books:

 

- Debus, Allen G. Man and Nature in the Renaissance. New York: Cambridge University Press, 197?. There are many used copies available for under $5.

 

- Boas, Marie. The Scientific Renaissance, 1450-1630. Vol. II The Rise of Modern Science, ed. A. Rupert Hall. New York: Harper and Brothers, 196?.  There is also a Dover edition of this book from the 1990s.  This is available used starting at about $3. 

 

 - Ibn Tufayl, Abu Bakr, and Lenn Evan Goodman. Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzān: A Philosophical Tale Translated with Introduction and Notes. Translated by Lenn Evan Goodman. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1972. 

                Amazon lists this in their used section as Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan: A Philosophical Tale Translated with Introduction and Notes (Paperback) by Muhammad Ibn 'Abd Al-Mal Ibn Tufayl (Author).  They give no translator, but it looks to be Goodman and there are many copies available under $10.  I will provide a PDF of this but if you want a hard copy this will work.

 

 -Other readings will be provided in class or as PDFs available through this site.