HPS300Y0 Topics in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology: Britain and the Rise of Modern Science

This course will look at the spectacular rise of modern science in the western tradition through an examination of a few of its revolutionary achievements. The emphasis will be on science in Great Britain, both its central players (Newton, Hutton, Cavendish, Faraday, Lyell, Darwin, Maxwell, and J.J. Thomson, to name a few) and the creation of the institutional framework (The Royal Society, The Royal Institution, The Cavendish Laboratory) that created a fertile environment for the flourishing of science in Great Britain. This is not a science course but rather an examination of the richness and diversity of scientific practice from a humanistic perspective.

Prerequisites: None.
HPS300Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline

Field Trips: Students will visit sites such as the Museum for the History of Science in Oxford, the Whipple Museum for the History of Science in Cambridge, the Benjamin Franklin House and the British Museum. The cost of these trips is CAD$225, paid to U of T for all return bus transportation and guides, and entrance fees.

Instructor: Brian Baigrie specializes in history and philosophy of the physical sciences in the early modern period (17th to 20th century), and he has published numerous books and articles related to the rise of modern science. Brian has taught Scientific Revolutions (HPS210/HPS211) for more than twenty years, and he teaches VIC171 as part of VIC ONE’S Stowe Gullen Stream.

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