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.
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.
Person/Experiment/Topic for focused study
Lena Evers-Hillstrom (Political Science & History)
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 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.