Coordinator and examiner: Mr Nicolas Wanlin, Humanities & Social Sciences Department

nicolas.wanlin@polytechnique.edu

 

 

Visit of

 

- Musée de l'Homme 

- Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle: the Grand Gallery of Evolution

with accompanying forms to be completed during the visits to gather the information necessary for the assignment.

Assessment

After having visited the Musée de l'Homme and the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, you are required to write a paper (between 800 and 1200 words) in English based on what you learnt during your visit.

 

 

Papers will be assessed on:

* The originality and precision of your point of view;

* Your understanding of the scientific and philosophical issues explored throughout the visits;

* The clarity and relevance of your argument.

Due date: Monday, February 11th, 10 PM.

History of Science and Technology (HSS 201)seeks to enhance students’ understanding of science and its relationship to social concerns throughout history. The course will offer both thematic and chronological approaches to the evolution of science in various societies from the antiquity to modern times. Historical periods covered include: ancient civilizations (e.g. Greece, Egypt, India, Babylon, China, etc.), the Renaissance, 17th century scientific revolution, the Enlightenment, the 19th/20th/21st centuries
This course introduces students to foundational concepts in the philosophy of science. It asks the question of the relationship of philosophy to science and technology throughout history, examines some examples of encounters between science and philosophy with an emphasis on their social and political context and encourages students to exercise their own judgement on contemporary issues in philosophy of science.