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JAN 181: London: History of Science
Downe, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Program Description:
Course Title:London: History of ScienceCourse ID:JAN 181Instructors:Mark Lingwood & Valerie BurkeContact Email:mdl4@stmarys-ca.eduLocation:

London, England and nearby cities (Cambridge, Oxford, Downe)

Course Description:

The human condition has changed dramatically since the start of the Renaissance, partially due to our vastly increased knowledge of the natural and physical world. How did science progress from the Middle Ages to our modern understanding of the world? We will start on campus to discuss important scientific advances and the scientists who made them. We’ll then travel to London, where many of these advances occurred and have been well preserved and documented. 

On campus, we will set the stage for our trip with reading, discussion, and a few scientific experiments of our own. We will learn the principles of key scientific advances, and see how history and science have influenced each other. We’ll then build on these ideas in London as we visit many places important to the history of science. We will visit Darwin’s home and gardens, and stand on the prime meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and tour the world's oldest scientific academy (the Royal Society). In Westminster Abbey we’ll see the final resting place of several famous scientists (including Darwin, Kelvin, Newton, and Rutherford). We’ll also explore the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, and British Museum. On a day trip to Cambridge we’ll walk in the footsteps of many famous and influential scientists (including Newton, Thompson, Rutherford, Watson and Crick). On another day trip to Oxford we'll explore museums devoted to the history of science and natural history. In addition, we will spend valuable time learning about the history and experiencing the culture of London itself.

While this course may be most applicable for science majors, non-science majors with an appreciation for science and the scientific endeavor are warmly welcomed. 

Division:Upper DivisionPrerequisites:

Required: SEM 1 and ENG 5 Recommended: Completion of a college science course or strong high-school science courses


Informational Meetings:

Attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory for enrollment (contact the instructor if you have conflicts):  

Tuesday 9/6, 5:00-6:00pm, Dante 114

Friday 9/9, 4:00-5:00pm, Dante 114

Monday 9/12, 5:00-6:00pm, Dante 114

Thursday 9/15, 7:30-8:30pm, Dante 114

Reading List:

John Gribbin, “The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors”  Dava Sobel, “Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time” 


Basis for Final Grade:

Class participation (15%); Special project (20%); Exam on Jan 20th (25%); Presentation on one location the group will visit (10%); Final Research Paper, including research at the Royal Society’s Library (30%).

For the special project students will recreate a classic scientific experiment or demonstration.

Course Fee Per Student:$2,800Description of What the Course Fee Covers:

Cost includes all airfare, ground transportation while abroad, accommodations, entry to museums and sites, guides, nearly all meals while abroad, and mandatory travel insurance.

Dates Traveling:

Jan 21-Feb 3

Dates on Campus:

Jan 9-Jan 20

Class Schedule:MTuThF, 9:15 - 11:50 AM

This program is currently not accepting applications.