Toward the Scientific Revolution

Collage of Kepler, Copernicus, Newton, Galileo, Descartes, and Ptolemy. (Clockwise from top left.)

Clockwise from top left is a collage of Kepler, Copernicus, Newton, Galileo, Descartes, and Ptolemy. (Images courtesy of the Library of Congress and NASA.)

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MIT Course Number

STS.002

As Taught In

Fall 2003

Level

Undergraduate

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This subject traces the evolution of ideas about nature, and how best to study and explain natural phenomena, beginning in ancient times and continuing through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A central theme of the subject is the intertwining of conceptual and institutional relations within diverse areas of inquiry: cosmology, natural history, physics, mathematics, and medicine.

Kaiser, David. STS.002 Toward the Scientific Revolution, Fall 2003. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/science-technology-and-society/sts-002-toward-the-scientific-revolution-fall-2003 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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