Course Descriptions: Fall 2013 - HTY 630: Research Seminar in American Science and Technology
Instructor: Howard Segal
Time: Thursday, 3:30-5:30
Description: The course has four principal objectives:
- To trace major developments in the history of American science and technology from the nation’s founding until the present
- To evaluate the variety of conceptions of “science” and “technology”;
- To examine the relationship between scientific and technological change and social and cultural change in both the past and the present;
- To develop and improve research skills for future work in history.
The course assumes no familiarity with the history of science and/or technology and welcomes the participation of students from non-scientific/non-technical and scientific/technical backgrounds alike. The course will examine the history of science both “internally”–as ideas and experiments–and “externally”–as related to the society that has produced them and upon which they in turn have had impact. Similarly, the course will examine the history of American technology both “internally”–as tools and machines–and “externally”–as related to the societies that have produced them and upon which they in turn have had impact.