Development of Scientific Theories: Context and the Individual
We will examine how the pace and shape of scientific progress is affected by the social/cultural context and the "personality" of the individual. We will look into how the interplay between society and the individual affects how scientific theories arise, are presented, are debated and are accepted. The course will initially focus on Charles Darwin and his theory of Natural Selection using the biography of Adrian Desmond and James Moore, "Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist." Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS
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This course will not be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013, due to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.