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The Rise of Modern Science

This subject introduces the history of science from antiquity to the present. Students consider the impact of philosophy, art, magic, social structure, and folk knowledge on the development of what has come to be called "science" in the Western tradition, including those fields today designated as physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, astronomy and the mind sciences. Topics include concepts of matter, nature, motion, body, heavens, and mind as these have been shaped over the course of histor...

Start Date: Sep 01, 2010 Topics: General Art, Medicine, General History, History of Science, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy
Cost: Free

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This subject introduces the history of science from antiquity to the present. Students consider the impact of philosophy, art, magic, social structure, and folk knowledge on the development of what has come to be called "science" in the Western tradition, including those fields today designated as physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, astronomy and the mind sciences. Topics include concepts of matter, nature, motion, body, heavens, and mind as these have been shaped over the course of history. Students read original works by Aristotle, Vesalius, Newton, Lavoisier, Darwin, Freud, and Einstein, among others.

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  • Dates: Sep 01, 2010 to Dec 20, 2010
  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Prof. David Kaiser, Prof. David Jones
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: MIT OCW
  • Topics: General Art, Medicine, General History, History of Science, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy

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