Department: BSc Elective
Module Description: The course will cover the history of science from a world prospective spanning a period from ancient times to the present. General areas covered will include the origins of science and its development and interaction with society. Specific topics will include the scientific revolution in ancient civilizations, Islamic era, and modern times, and the development of the character of the scientist. The social impact of science on society and religion will be examined.
Kuhn, T. S. and Hacking, I. (2012). The structure of scientific revolutions. 4th edn. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Wolpert, L. (1992). The unnatural nature of science. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Nola, R. and Irzk, G. (2010). Philosophy, science, education and culture. Dordrecht: Springer.
Godfrey-Smith, P. (2003). Theory and reality : an introduction to the philosophy of science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Freely, J. (2010). Aladdin's lamp : how Greek science came to europe through the islamic world. New York: Vintage Books.
Lyons, J. (2009). The house of wisdom : how the Arabs transformed western civilization. New York: Bloomsbury Press.
Freely, J. (2011). Light from the east : how the science of medieval islam helped to shape the western world. London: I.B. Tauris.