|Taught in 1999 by Lawrence Badash at the University of California,
purchase the following paperbound books:
1. Stephen F. Mason, A History of the Sciences.
2. Richard S. Westfall, The Life of Isaac Newton.
3 I. Bernard Cohen, Revolution in Science.
4. Henry M. Leicester, Historical Background of Chemistry.
5. John North, The Norton History of Astronomy and Cosmology.
Please familiarize yourself with the following:
1. G. Sarton, A Guide to the History of Science.
2. W. Magie, A Source Book in Physics.
3. H. Shapley and H. Howarth, A Source Book in Astronomy.
4. H. M. Leicester and H. Klickstein, A Source Book in Chemistry.
5. F. Cajori, A History of Physics.
6. A. Ihde, The Development of Modern Chemistry.
7. Isis (journal of the History of Science Society).
Midterm examination (essay type; may be a takehome). Final examination
(essay type; may be a takehome). Research paper: About 12 pages, typed,
with footnotes and bibliography, on a topic approved by the professor.
Paper is due the seventh week of the quarter (23 Feb.). Grade is based
on content and writing skills. If your writing skills are poor and you
are unwilling to seek help on campus NOW, please do not take this course.
This course fulfills the General Education Writing Requirement. Attend
meeting in library, room 1575, on Thursday, 21 Jan., at 0800 sharp, for
discussion of resources for term paper.
Reading Assignments: Required reading, in books other than those
you are asked to buy, can be done in the Library's Reserve Book Room. An
asterisk (*) means recommended reading.
Scientific Revolution (weeks 1-5)
1. Stephen Mason, A History of the Sciences, ch. 12-18, 20-22.
2. I. Bernard Cohen, Revolution in Science, ch. 1-11.
3. John North, The Norton History of Astronomy and Cosmology,
4. S. Drake, Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, First introduction
and Starry Messenger.
5. *S. Drake, the rest.
6. H. Butterfield, "The Scientific Revolution," Scientific American,
7. Henry Leicester, Historical Background of Chemistry, ch.
8. Richard Westfall, The Life of Isaac Newton, all.
9. I. Newton, Principia, definitions, axioms, first four pages
of book 3.
10. *I. Newton, browse through the rest of the volume.
11. I. Newton, Opticks, queries on pp. 339-406 (passim).
12. *I. Newton, browse through the rest of the volume.
13. *A. Wolf, A History of Science, Technology and Philosophy in
the 16th and 17th Centuries.
14. *I. B. Cohen, Isaac Newton's Letters and Papers on Natural Philosophy.
15. *I. B. Cohen, The Birth of a New Physics.
16. *C. C. Gillispie, The Edge of Objectivity, ch. 1-4.
Century (weeks 6-7)
1. Mason, ch. 23-27.
2. *Mason, ch. 29. 3. Cohen, ch. 12-17.
4. North, ch. 14.
5. Leicester, ch. 13-15.
6. D. McKie, Lavoisier, all.
7. C. Singer (ed.), History of Technology, vol. 4, ch. 5, 6,
8. *C. Singer, ch. 8, 10, 19, 22.
9. *A. Wolf, A History of Science, Technology and Philosophy in
the 18th Century.
10. *C. Becker, The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth Century Philosophers.
11. *Gillispie, ch. 5-6.
Century (weeks 8-10)
1. Mason, ch. 35-40.
2. *Mason, ch. 41.
3. Cohen, ch. 18-24.
4. David Knight, The Age of Science, all.
5. North, ch. 15.
6. Leicester, ch. 16-17, 20-22.
7. D. K. C. MacDonald, Faraday, Maxwell, and Kelvin, all.
8. H. Sharlin, The Convergent Century: The Unification of Science
in the Nineteenth Century, all.
9. *J. T. Merz, A History of European Thought in the Nineteenth
10. *Gillispie, ch. 9-11.
1. 07 Jan Organization. Survey of 106B. Review of 106A.
2. 12 Copernicus. Tycho. Kepler.
3. 14 Galileo.
4. 19 Galileo.
5. 21 Mechanical philosophy. [Library session on resources for term
paper. Room 1575.]
6. 26 Organization of science.
7. 28 Organization of science.
8. 02 Feb Newton. Review exam questions.
9. 04 Newton.
10. 09 Corpuscular views. Enlightenment. Exam.
11. 11 18C. astronomy.
12. 16 18C. electricity.
13. 18 18C. chemistry.
14. 23 Organization of science. Term papers due.
15. 25 19C. astronomy.
16. 02 Mar 19C. physics: energy, light.
17. 04 19C. physics: electricity and magnetism.
18. 09 19C. chemistry: atomic theory.
19. 11 19C. chemistry: electrochemistry. Review exam questions.
20. 16 19C. chemistry: organization. [Use Completeness for another talk]