Philosophy of Science
An introductory course in history and philosophy of science focused on the development of the modern scientific view of the world. Starting with Ancient Greek science and philosophy, the course surveys the history of physics, astronomy and cosmology, examining the origin of concepts such as substance, cosmos, atom, space, time, evolution, and law of nature. The course also covers key issues in the Philosophy of Science, including the relationship between induction and deduction, analysis and synthesis, theory and evidence, the nature of scientific explanation. Readings will be drawn from the writings of Aristotle, Copernicus, Descartes, Newton and Einstein, as well as secondary sources.