The Scientific Revolution:
History and Counter-History

HIST 226/326
Spring 2001
TuTh 10:30 -11:50 a.m.
Kent 106 [note: the classroom does not appear in the time schedule]

Roger Hart
office: Social Sciences Building, Room 206
office hours: Thursdays 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Introduction

This course examines the history of the scientific revolution in the seventeenth century. Topics covered include astronomy, scientific methodologies, alchemy, patronage, and experiment. Primary materials include selections from the works of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, Boyle, and Newton (all in translation). We will also discuss recent debates over whether there was a “Scientific Revolution.” We will then look at studies of early modern science that have broadened our understanding of the period, ranging from work on gender, museums, and the Jesuits to explorations of the New World and the sciences of non-European cultures.