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LPHI 2016 - Metaphor, Science, Revolution

It became common to describe science as a "worldview" in the early 20th century. Part of this description, I take it, involves the conviction that science reaches beyond facts and methods. Science dominates nature and affects values, ethics and culture. In this course we will investigate this worldview through cultural depictions in popular media and through metaphors. Specifically, we will trace the development and influence of two interrelated metaphors - both on revolution: the Scientific Revolution and the Copernican Revolution. For the former we will study literature (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein & Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo), film (Good Will Hunting [1997] and A Beautiful Mind [2001]) and TV (Cosmos [1980 and 2014]). And for the latter we will discuss various histories and theories of modern science. We will read Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Freud, Einstein, Alexandre Koyré, Eduard Dijksterhius, E.A. Burtt and Thomas Kuhn.
Liberal Arts, Open to Non Majors
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