An inquiry into the way scientific models of understanding nature are reached with particular emphasis on the concept of revolutionary change in explanation. The course will consider what science is capable of knowing and how it differs with technology. Several specific revolutions will be examined, including: the scientific revolution of Galileo and Newton, Lavoisier's chemical revolution, Darwin's evolution, continental drift, DNA and genetics, and relativity. Also, the role of women in science will be scrutinized to see if a revolution in the involvement of that gender has been achieved. Finally, students will attempt to foresee what revolutions might be going on now or might occur in the future.
*All course information is from the 2012-2013 Catalog.