PHYS 304 Approaches to the Scientific Revolution

The origins of quantitative science in the Newtonian Revolution have been the subject of much recent scholarship. The course examines a variety of often conflicting insights about this crucial period and its heritage in contemporary science, without assuming that consensus is any longer possible. Sources and techniques from history of science, biography, sociology of science, and cultural studies of science are employed. Case studies from Isaac Newtons work provide the context for the development of the multiple points of view.