HIST 311A Science in Civilization: Antiquity to the 1600s
Schedule of lecture topics and readings
This final exam is Wed Dec 14, start time 9:00 am sharp (not 8:30 as originally scheduled). All writing will cease at 10:15. You may leave early, and your essays will be handed back. I will provide the paper. Exam format includes paragraph answers (do 4 from the choices) and multiple choice. Total value 25%. Exam is held in the lecture room FIS 201. Contact Joanne if you have any questions (jwoiak).
Guidelines for doing the weekly reading
Please read all of the required texts by Friday of each week. The lectures will explain and expand on material from the texts, so it's recommended that you do the reading before coming to lecture. Start the week with the assigned textbook chapters, which will provide an overview of the topics to be covered. Skim the other texts to determine which lecture titles they go with, and then read them carefully during the week. The listings on this page will give you further guidance. Make sure that you've completed everything by Friday discussion section, so that you can ask questions or talk about issues that arise from the readings. Each Friday there are one or two texts specially designated for discussion. You are expected to have read those very carefully and be prepared to participate in discussion.
Sept 28-30, History
(W) Doing history of science
(Th) Near Eastern civilizations textbook Lindberg, Beginnings, Ch 1
Lloyd, "Science in Ancient Civilizations?"
FRI section discuss: Corrected version! Gould, "The Late Birth of a Flat Earth"
Oct 3-7, Ancient Greeks
Oct 10-14, Aristotle
(M) Natural causes Lindberg, Ch 3
Grant, "What the Middle Ages Inherited"
(T) Terrestrial and celestial physics
(W) Aristotle as biologist Aristotle selections
(R) Philosophical schools Lindberg, Ch 4
FRI discuss Aristotle selections
EXTRA STUFF (see also books on reserve at NATS library dealing with Aristotle)
If you use any of these for your Aristotle essay, make sure to give complete citations in your bibliography.
S. Marc Cohen, "Philosophy 320: History of Ancient Philosophy," lecture notes (http://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/)
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://www.iep.utm.edu/)
IEP has entries on all our major Greek figures. See esp the articles about Aristotle (overview, biology)
Internet History of Science Sourcebook (links to information on ancient science. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/science/sciencesbook.html) Greece (culture, philosophy, etc) Aristotle, "On a Good Wife"
Michael Lahanas, "Aristotle's Biology and Medicine, Discoveries and Opinions" (simplified overview, http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/AristotleBiol.htm)
Images of Aristotle bust Rembrandt 1653 Rembrandt and Groening
Oct 17-21, Astronomy etc
Oct 24-28, Medicine & biology
Exam format -- be sure to read this handout before Wed
Oct 31-Nov 4, Medieval topics
Nov 7-10, Medieval universities
Instructions for Essay #2 (handed out on Nov 10, paper due Dec 6)
(M) Cosmologies Lindberg, Ch 9 & 11
(T) Rise of the university Lindberg, Ch 9 & 10
(W) Aristotelianism & theology Lindberg, Ch 10
Grant, Planets and "Medieval Cosmology"
images of Dante's Divine Comedy
(R) Aristotelian physics Lindberg, Ch 12 & 14
FRI Holiday, NO CLASSES
Hildegard of Bingen, http://www.hildegard.org/
Paul Halsall, Introduction to Medieval History course, http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medieval.html
Nov 14-18, Renaissance
Note that for the remaining weeks, some of the readings are online, not in the packet. Be sure to print out what you need for section discussions.
(M) Black Death Dear, Ch 1
(T) Renaissance Dear, Ch 3
Magner, "Renaissance and Scientific Revolution"
(W) Magic, art, wonders Dear, Ch 2
(R) Vesalius Vesalius, On the Fabric of the Human Body [pdf 65kb] (or try this link)
images of Vesalian anatomy in packet
FRI discuss Vesalius reading and images, and Laqueur, Making Sex
Andreas Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica, Northwestern University website of images from the book, browse by clicking "Images" http://vesalius.northwestern.edu/
Body Worlds "art" exhibit http://www.koerperwelten.de/en/pages/home.asp and photos (graphic content)
Alchemy Web Site, http://www.levity.com/alchemy/
"Paracelsus, 500 Years," National Library of Medicine, introduction to exhibits by Allen Debus, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/paracelsus/paracelsus_1.html
"Leonardo's Machines," National Museum of Science and Technology, http://www.museoscienza.org/english/leonardo/invenzioni.html.
Leonardo da Vinci, "Anatomical Studies," http://gallery.euroweb.hu/html/l/leonardo/10anatom/
"Anatomy and Linear Perspective," http://faculty.fullerton.edu/cmcconnell/302A/Anatomy.html, Craig McConnell, HIS302A, Cal State Fullerton.
"Museums and Their Functions," John McEachran, lecture slideshow, http://wfscnet.tamu.edu/courses/wfsc421/lecture02/sld001.htm,
Nov 21-23, Moving the earth
(M) Copernicus Dear, Ch 2
Debus, "New World System"
Copernicus, On the Revolutions
(T) Kepler Dear, Ch 4
(W) Galileo Dear, Ch 7
(R) No class
FRI NO CLASS
Nov 28-Dec 2, Scientific Revolution
Readings are online, not in the packet.
Order of topics has changed.
(M) Galileo Lindberg, "Galileo, Church, Cosmos" [pdf 400kb]
(T) Methodology, Bacon Dear, Ch 3, 7
(W) Descartes, mechanical philosophy Dear, Ch 6
Essay due date has changed to Tues Dec 6
(R) Science & religion 17th century
FRI discuss Galileo, "Letter to the Grand Duchess" [pdf 47kb]
Galileo Project, Rice University, http://galileo.rice.edu/ [most reliable and complete web resource]
"Galileo's Law of Falling Bodies" animation, http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/Animation/galileo.falling.html
"Galileo: The Telescope and the Laws of Dynamics," http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr161/lect/history/galileo.html
"Galileo's Battle for the Heavens," NOVA, PBS, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/galileo/
Galileo, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632), full text online, http://webexhibits.org/calendars/year-text-Galileo.html
Galileo title page of Dialogue (pdf).
"Rene Descartes," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://www.rep.routledge.com/article/DA026SECT1
"Descartes' Life and Works," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/descartes-works/
James Jacob, explanation of Descartes' philosophy and context (pdf 4 pages).
Descartes illustrations of mechanical philosophy concepts (pdf).
Descartes, "The World, or Treatise on Light," tran. Michael Mahoney, http://www.princeton.edu/%7Ehos/mike/texts/descartes/world/world.htm
"Francis Bacon," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/francis-bacon/
Bacon's title page to Great Instauration (pdf).
Dec 5-9, Scientific Revolution
(M) Biology experiments & instruments Westfall, "Biology and Mechanical Philosophy" [pdf 387kb]
(T) Video "William Harvey and the Circulation of the Blood" (kinda gory)
TUES ESSAY #2 DUE
(W) Royal Society: Making facts Dear, Ch 6-7
(R) Course evals & wrap-up
FRI Review for exam
FINAL EXAM (FIS 201) WED DEC 14, 9:00-10:15 am
contact Joanne if you have questions
Send mail to:
jwoiak at u.washington.edu
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