HISTORY 396 - History Colloquium
Section: 004 The Galileian Moments
Term: WN 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Other:
Theme
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior and Senior HISTORY majors by permission only. HISTORY majors are required to elect HISTORY 396 or 397.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This seminar is part of the “astronomy theme semester” offerings in LS&A during the Winter term. A central figure for the semester is Galileo: his discoveries, his contribution to the Scientific Revolution, the persecution he endured, and his legacy both in science and the wider culture for the past four hundred years. In this seminar we will look at Galileo’s career and we will actually consider some of his investigations, especially the astronomical ones. Then we will turn to later “Galileian moments” in the history of science and society, such as debates over evolution (both in the universe and on earth), the relationship between science and religion, men and women in science, and the nature of scientific advance, using examples from a variety of fields.

This is a history and not a science course: the sole prerequisite is intellectual curiosity. Our concerns lie with the human aspects of science and the relationships of those aspects with politics, religion, society, and culture.

We will read original sources, usually by the scientists or their critics, and we will also look at a number of media presentations of the evidence and the disputes themselves.

Students will take part in class discussions and also prepare an project on a “Galileian moment” chosen with the approval of the instructor.

HISTORY 396 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
12065
Closed
0
 
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Sections 001-006: Students missing the first class meeting may be dropped for non-attendance. Students earning their teaching certificate in History should contact Sheila (sheilaw@umich.edu) for availability information.
002 (SEM)
P
12066
Open
5
 
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
18793
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
21390
Open
3
3LSA Jr>
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
20671
Open
3
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
25577
Open
4
12LSA Jr>
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M 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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