Philosophy & History of Science: A Survey of Scientific Thought

Course Description


 Full-year course. A historical journey through the development of scientific thinking, beginning with the Greeks. Also covers the content of major scientific theories such as continental drift, Darwinian evolution, the “Big Bang,” chaos theory, and quantum physics. 

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required Texts:

  • Bauer, Susan Wise. The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. ISBN 9780393243260
  • Alvarez, Walter. T.rex and the Crater of Doom. ISBN 9780691169668
  • Weinberg, Steven. The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe. ISBN 9780465024377
  • Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. ISBN 9780143113454

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 9-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 HistoryHumanities, or Non-Lab Science credit upon completion of this course.