Today is our first class meeting and, in addition to our class syllabus, we will be discussing the following questions:
- What is Science?
- What is History?
- What is the History of Science?
I will then give a lecture over the history of astronomy from Aristotle to Kepler to contextualize the course’s focal subject: the history of science after Newton.
Below is a link for the course files for today. Note that if you want to download the pptx file you should click the link, but the file will likely not render correctly in your web browser. You need to download it to your computer and open it using PowerPoint. To view the file in your browser, please use the Google Slides or .pdf format.
- Read “A Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity” from the University of Oklahoma and take a quiz over it in on our course page in learn.ou.edu
- Read chapter one from Peter Dear’s The Intelligibility of Nature (pdf available in the course files). This is a brief reading on Galileo and Newton.
- Answer the following question in the comments for this blog post: What should our goals as a class be? What can we hope to achieve with a history of science class? List three things you would like to learn more about, one skill you would like to develop, and any suggestions you have for the course.