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1 History 3C: Science and Technology in the Twentieth Century Professors Soraya de Chadarevian , Ted Porter TAs Laura Morgan, Daniella Perry, Marissa Petrou, Michael Weismeyer This is your class. You should feel free to ask questions, talk with us after class, or come see us in our offices.
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Lecture 1 Outline 1. Course mechanics and requirements 2. Why study history of science (and how)? 3. What is science? 4. New developments in science ca. 1900 5. Science and the spirit of progress
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2. Why study history of science? In contrast to art or music, it does not function often as part of a “cultural heritage (but maybe it should). As science has become more powerful and more securely institutionalized, it has also cut itself off from common knowledge. At the same time it has become more, not less, important for history. Where else but in history of science (and “science studies”) can we think systematically about the sources and the consequences of science. Cultural heritage 2009
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How Do We Study Science Whig history and why we should avoid it. (Don’t judge past knowledge by the standards of the present). Getting some distance, a sense of perspective, like an anthropologist. (Can anthropologists study modern science?) Look at what scientists do, not just or mainly what they say. Take a wide view.
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3A. What is science? There is a strong tendency to give “essentializing”
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2011 for the course HIST 3C taught by Professor Porter during the Fall '07 term at UCLA.

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