Two Fall 2012 courses from chemist Peter Ramberg of possible interest to PHRE majorsApril 7, 2012
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Introduction to basic topics in the history of science from ancient Greece to Isaac Newton. Students will read a variety of primary and secondary sources covering three time periods: the origins of western science in Greece and the Middle East, the nature of science in medieval Islam and medieval Europe, and the Scientific Revolution in Europe (1500-1700). Emphasis is placed on the historical, philosophical, and religious influences on the emergence of western science. Previous knowledge of science or history is helpful, but not necessary.
Does life or intelligence exist outside the earth? This course will consist of readings and discussion of approaches to this question from historical, scientific, philosophical, and theological perspectives. Topics will include the emergence of the Copernican Principle, the search for life on Mars, the study of the origin of life, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) program.