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FutureLearn The Scientific Revolution: Understanding the Roots of Modern Science

University of Groningen via FutureLearn

  • Overview
  1. FutureLearn
    Platform:
    FutureLearn
    Provider:
    University of Groningen
    Effort:
    3 hours/week
    Length:
    3 weeks
    Language:
    English
    Cost:
    Free
    Credentials:
    Paid Certificate Available
    Overview
    Trace the roots of modern science
    How did the science of today come about? What constitutes ‘modern’ science? How does science relate to religion?

    Answer these questions and more with this course that travels back in time to the seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution to explore the roots of modern science. In this course you will critically explore the history of science, challenging established simplistic narratives of how science has developed. You will also examine modern scientific methods, the relationship between science, religion and secularism, and, if you work in science, consider the origins of our own discipline.

    What topics will you cover?
    • Understanding ‘science’
    • Aristotelian ‘science’ vs. the ‘new’ science
    • Experience, experiments and instruments
    • The role of scientific hypotheses
    • Science and society
    • Science, religion and secularisation

    This course has been created for those working in science who wish to know more about the origins of modern science. It’s also been created for people with a general interest in science and history.

    Taught by
    Andrea Sangiacomo and Team

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