School of History

Introduction to the History of Science - HI434

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Convenor 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Canterbury Autumn Certificate
Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of a degree
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Canterbury Spring Certificate
Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of a degree
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The information below applies to the 2015-16 session


Science has arguably been the greatest force for cultural change in the last 500 years. Scientists have changed the way we see the world, the way we see ourselves, and have equipped us with technologies that enable us to fly in the sky and shoot neutrinos under the ground. They have taught us that our observations can shift the nature of physics, yet that we are nothing more than jumped-up apes. This module visits some of the most important events and developments since the so-called ‘scientific revolution’ (c. 1700) in order to give a representative view of the history of science. It also introduces key themes that have been pursued by historians science that collectively call into question some key assumptions about what science is really like.

Method of assessment

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Preliminary reading

  • Thomas P. Hughes, Human-Built World Ralph O’Connor, The Earth on Show Trevor Pinch and Harry Collins, The Golem James Secord, Victorian Sensation Steven Shapin, A Social History of Truth Steven Shapin, The Scientific Revolution Gillian Beer, Darwin’s Plots

Learning outcomes


No pre-requisites

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Last Updated: 10/11/2011