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  • Apr 5: In preparation for the Apr 28 class, please read Bacon's New Atlantis.
  • Mar 5: Handout with guidance for you Poster Abstract is available.  There are also useful guidelines on this page, below the "Study Groups" table.
  • Feb 27: Confirmed as our Guest Speaker: Laura Smoller of the University of Rochester.  She will visit us on April 28, which causes some adjustments to our course schedule (see in right column below).  More details to come.
  • Feb 24: This link will take you to the Research Tools page for our course in Milne Library.

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Course Roster

When study groups have been formed based on your preferences, they will be filled into the first column of the table below.  When you have a proposed subject of study, add that in the second column.  Suggestions for Focus Study might give you some ideas.


for focused study


Group 1

Lena Evers-Hillstrom (Political Science & History)

Talia Fabiilli (Chemistry)

Carlos Abreu (Chemistry)

Robert Boyle and his influence on the Royal Society



Group 2

Logan Cleary (History, Physics minor)

Maureen Henry (Mathematics)

Daniel Wolfanger (Mathematics)

Johannes Kepler religious views and their influence on his optics research



Group 3

Liam Collins (Physics)

Demetrios Giannios (History, Adol Educ: Soc St)

Connor Terry (History)

Newton v. Hooke: Socioeconomic motivations.



Group 4

Trajen Cracium (Physics)

Gabriel Ponce (Applied Physics)

Morgan Weber (History)

Joule and the conservation of energy



Instructions on Poster Format and Printing
  • Information about GreatDay
  • General Best Practices for Posters:
    • Powerpoint or other graphic layout program
    • 36" high X 42" wide, 40 point font for body text, 72 point font for titles
    • Include title, participants in the poster group and the instructors' names, and the abstract submitted.
    • 500-600 words of text (don't use too much text on the poster!)  Bullet points rather than prose.
    • Pictures, diagrams, any ways that you can illustrate your points visually should be emphasized
    • Include a selected works cited, less extensive than the bibliography you will ultimately submit with your paper
    • Printing instructions at
  • Specific to this course
    • You do not need to include on your poster the "accompanying experiment" for your project.  That can be left for submission with the final paper.





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James McLean (email, office hours)
Joe Cope  (office hours)
Gary Towsley email and office hours.docx

Course Schedule

Regular class meetings F, 1:30-2:20pm, 14 Sturges, Special times & places in red

  • Jan 20: Reflections from the Faculty; Review of past projects
  • Jan 27: Discussion on Ch. 1
  • Feb 3: Discussion on Ch. 2; Teams finalized
  • Feb 10: Discussion on Ch. 3,4; Topics chosen
  • Feb 17: Class review of topics
  • Feb 24, Milne 104: Full study proposals due; Review of Methods in Historical Research
  • Mar 3: Class review of study proposals
  • Mar 10: Review of progress
  • Fri, Mar 10, 5:00pm: GREAT Day Abstract Submission
  • Mar 24: Group work session
  • Tue, Mar 28, noon: GREAT Day Poster Submission
  • Mar 31: Group work session
  • Apr 7: Discussion on Ch. 14, 17, 21
  • Apr 14: Practice poster presentation
  • Apr 21: Practice poster presentation
  • Tue, Apr 25: GREAT Day (Presentation of posters; papers due)
  • Apr 28: Review & Reflection; Guest Speaker in Welles 121; Self reflective statements due

 About the Course

Course Description

Course will explore the history of the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, and related fields. Attention will be given to both the scientific advances (especially as revealed in key experiments), and also the broader development of a scientific world view. After initial class meetings, small teams of students will work independently to produce a focused study on a particular person, experiment, or institution. The course focus will be on Western thought between the years 1500 and 1900, although a few projects outside those guidelines may be allowed with instructor permission.



Making Modern Science A Historical Survey
Authors: Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226068617


  File Modified
PDF File INTD 220 Syllabus Spring 2017.pdf Jan 19, 2017 by James McLean
Microsoft Word Document Gary Towsley email and office hours.docx Feb 11, 2017 by Gary Towsley
PDF File INTD 220 paper proposal guidelines.pdf Feb 12, 2017 by James McLean
Microsoft Word Document poster abstract and printing.docx Mar 05, 2017 by James McLean

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