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History of Science: Beginnings to the Age of Newton
In this course we will trace the development of science in diverse cultural contexts from antiquity to early modern times. We will explore the growth and interaction of a wide variety of subject areas in science, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology, mathematics, medicine and technology. We will seek to understand how scientific discoveries and methods were rooted in specific geographical, artistic, literary, philosophical, religious and political traditions. We will ponder how they were transmitted across cultures as diverse as the ancient empires of Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, the civilizations of Africa, India, China, and the Islamic Middle East, as well as in medieval and Renaissance Europe. The connections we identify between science and culture in pre-modern eras will throw light upon the nature of science and society today.

HSCI 3013 is a Gen Ed Core Area IV Western Civ & Culture course.
Please notify the instructor to arrange accommodations on the basis of disabilities.

Questions not answered here? Ask Kerry Magruder, kmagruder@ou.edu. |  Not at OU?

-- \Syl"la*bus\, n.; pl. E. Syllabuses, L. Syllabi. [L., fr. the same source as E. syllable.] A compendium containing the heads of a discourse, and the like; an abstract. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
-- n : an integrated course of academic studies; "he was admitted to a new program at the university" [syn: course of study, program, programme, curriculum]. WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University.

"The syllabus is a small place to start bringing students and faculty members back together.... If students could be persuaded that we are really interested in their understanding the materials we offer, that we support their efforts to master it, and that we take their intellectual struggles seriously, they might respond by becoming involved in our courses, by trying to live up to our expectations, and by appreciating our concern." Rubin, "Professors, Students, and the Syllabus," Chronicle of Higher Education

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
Brent Purkaple, TA

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Many thanks to the pedagogical model developed in Mythology and Folklore and other online courses by Laura Gibbs, which have been an inspiration for this course.

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This course is currently undergoing major reconstruction to bring it into alignment with the new version of the course at Janux