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HSCI 4111
History of the 19th-Century Physics

Legacy of 17th-century experimental and theoretical physics. Experimental and theoretical discoveries in 19th-century physics (light,atomic,theory,heat,thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electromagnetism) within the context of educational, institutional, and political developments in Europe and the United States.
HSCI 4121W
History of 20th- Century Physics
Michel Janssen

Experimental and theoretical discoveries in 20th-century physics (modern physics, theory of relativity, quantum theories, nuclear physics to World War II) within the context of educational, institutional, and political developments in Europe and the United States. prereq: general physics or instr consent
HSCI 4125
The Nuclear Age

History of the nuclear age embraces X-rays, radiation, the atom and its nucleus, subatomic particles, nuclear weapons and power, growth of nuclear science in university and national ;laboratories, effects of cold war, legacies of Hiroshima, Eniwetak, and Chernobyl.
HSCI 4302
History of High-Technology Weapons

History of high-technology weapons,including ancient missile launchers,gunpowder, cannons, and their role in the industries and their relations to other business areas; changing relationships resulting from new data-making on the American system of manufactures, naval warfare, air power, nuclear weapons, and intercontinental ballistic missile.
HSCI 5211
Biology & Culture in the 19th & 20th Centuries

Changing conceptions of life and aims and methods of biology; changing relationships between biology and the physical and social sciences; broader intellectual and cultural dimensions of developments in biology.
HSCI 5242
Navigating a Darwinian World

Development of evolutionary thought in 19th/20th centuries. Emphasizes Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Scientific, economic, political, religious, philosophical dimensions of Darwinism. Comparative reception of Darwinism in different countries/cultures.
HSCI 5244
History of Ecology & Environmentalism

Development of ecological thought from 18th century natural theology to contemporary ecology and conservation biology; changing views of "balance" and the "economy" of nature; conceptual and methodological developments in ecosystems ecology; connections between ecology and conservation, population and environmental politics.
HSCI 5331
Technology and American Culture

Development of American technology in its cultural/intellectual context from 1790 to present. Transfer of technology to America. Establishment of an infrastructure promoting economic growth. Social response to technological developments.
HSCI 5332
Science in the Shaping of America

Science played a central role in taking scattered imperial colonies in North America to world power in just four centuries. This course investigates people, policies, and knowledge-making in a culture whose diversity was a critical part of its expanding capacities. It begins by examining the differences in ways of knowing as well as shared knowledge between Native Americans and Europeans and concludes by discussing how a powerful nation's science and technology shaped international relations. Class, race, ethnicity, and gender provided for a range of perspectives that contributed to science alongside social and economic developments. Online assignments, films and images, along with primary and secondary source readings provide the basis for class discussion.
HSCI 5401
Ethics in Science and Technology

Historical issues involving ethics in science. Ethical problems posed by modern science/technology, including nuclear energy, chemical industry, and information technologies.