Project #84762 - Scientific Revolutions Class

Please read the following carefully and the attached document is the readings for the assignment.  

 

LESSON INTRO

We'll be transitioning now to the products of the Scientific Revolution--one of which crucially was the scientist. Note the word "scientist" was coined for the first time in the 1830s by British philosopher WilliamWhewell. Before that, everything came under the broad umbrella of Natural Philosophy. So what was it like to be a scientist in the 18th and 19th centuries and what obstacles did one face from society in the route to becoming one. We'll be watching the movie Mary Shelley's Frankenstein on Netflix starring my favorite actor Robert DeNiro (I'm sure people will hit the cinema halls to watch his newly released "The Intern" this week :-) ) If you do not find online streaming on Netflix, you can watch any Frankenstein movie from Youtube/Amazon or I've put the DVD on course reserve at the UI library. For people not in Moscow, check your local libraries if they have a copy.

We will also read Max Weber's classic piece "Science as a Vocation" to delve deeper into the psyche of a scientist along with the one and only Jordanova piece on "Melancholy Reflection" again to get a feel for this new breed of practitioners called "scientists"

Movie Link:

http://playnow.hd-dvdmovie.com/play.php?movie=0109836

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION:

Answer both of the following questions:

What conclusions can you draw about the aims of "science" in Jordanova's article?

Do these aims of science corroborate/refute the theories of Kuhn/Weber?

 

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/02/2015 11:00 pm
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