This course examines the content and culture of the natural sciences in the
modern period. Content will include relativity theory, quantum theory, nuclear
physics, the standard model in particle physics, advances in astrophysics and
cosmology, genetics, the evolutionary synthesis, molecular biology, and work on
genome sequences. As these bodies of knowledge are examined, we will also
consider the culture of science, individual and collective styles of working in
science, the role of the scientist in the culture at large, and the larger
cultural and philosophical relevance of scientific knowledge.
In the course of the semester, you will be exposed to the core concepts of modern science, you will be introduced to a number of perspectives from which science can be studied, and you will write critically about science.
I teach multiple versions of this course. Be sure to use the web page indicated on your syllabus (or click on the semester that you are enrolled in):
Fall 2006/Summer 2007 Fall 2005/Summer 2006 Fall 2004