The History of Science: 1700-1900 : The Great Courses: History of Science

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Frederick Gregory
  • Series: The Great Courses: History of Science
  • 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The scientific theories that were first discovered and made public in the years 1700-1900 are some of the most pivotal in history. Landmark theories of planetary motion, the workings of nature, and the speed of light were all ideas that took the world by storm.
Now you can share in that story of discovery in a series of 36 lectures designed to give you a rock-solid understanding of the great discoveries of Newton, Darwin, Franklin, Pasteur, and so many others. You'll see clearly how these great thinkers brought their ideas into a world and a time that resisted them, gaining a new admiration for their achievements in an atmosphere where scientific advancement had to struggle against established ways of both scientific and religious thinking.
While many presentations of scientific history often neglect to consider its context - the societies and cultures in which our most influential "natural philosophers" (the term scientist didn't exist until the mid-19th century) made their contributions - these lectures put that context in the forefront where it belongs, exploring how dynamics of time and place help determine the questions that get asked and the directions scientists pursue in response.
The result is a series that adds invaluable historical depth and dimension to your study of science. As much about history as science - and often far more so, with the focus on the climate and process of scientific discovery rather than the science itself - this course will enhance your ability to see contemporary scientific events in a vividly informed context.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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This was a course really worth listening to. I learned a great deal about the world it off which modern science developed.
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- Vernon

A fascinating story very well told

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This is a really good course. The science is accessible without being dumbed down, and the wider context, particularly of religion, is very well explained. The teacher has an enthusiastic but realistic approach to his subject which made listening a pleasure. One of my favourite courses ( and I've listened to a lot!)

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- Dusty Raven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses