HISTSCI 128VD. Nature, Energy, Industry: A Cultural History of Physical Science

This seminar explores the cultural history of the physical sciences at key moments from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century.  We will immerse ourselves in the cultural, social, and political concerns of diverse historical actors as we ask:  How did the study of natural philosophy gradually morph into the disciplines we recognize today as physics, astronomy, chemistry, and the earth sciences?  How did energy regimes transform across this period, and how were these transformations related to novel physical ideas?  How did industrial development, new artistic expressions, and technological innovation emerge in tandem with the creations and practices of physical science?  


Connemara Doran







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History of Science

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