This class is a broad introductory survey of the central developments in the history of science, and it is open to first-year and upper-year students alike, whatever your field of study. It also counts as a science credit, which is mandatory for your undergraduate degree.
The course, taught jointly by Ian Stewart and Gordon McOuat with occasional guest lectures by other King’s faculty, examines the most revolutionary figures and moments, from the Greeks to the modern period, in the long adventure story that is the study of nature. The work of each of these had such a profound influence upon their own era and upon subsequent times. Students in the Arts and Humanities will find this class clarifies the nature of science and its cultural importance while students in the Sciences will recognize that their contributions have been permanently woven into the fabric we call the Modern World. In uncovering the sources and character of each of these transformations in the theory and practice of science, the class will challenge conventional views about the nature and place of science in the West. It will also stimulate students to a deeper reflection on the potential place of science in the future.