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Kuhn, Thomas S. The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought. Harvard University Press, 1992 (new edition). Paperpack. ISBN-13: 978-0674171039.
Galileo Galilei. The Essential Galileo, ed. Maurice A. Finocchiaro. Hackett Publishing Co., 2008. Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-0872209374.
Westfall, Richard S. The Construction of Modern Science. Cambridge University Press, 1978. Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-0521292955.
Mancosu, Paolo. Philosophy of Mathematics & Mathematical Practice in the Seventeenth Century. Oxford University Press, 1999 (new edition). Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-0195132441.
Newton, Isaac. The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, trans. and ed., I. B. Cohen and Anne Whitman. University of California Press, 1999. Paperback. ISBN-13 978-052008817.
There will be some additional readings; but the materials will be supplied by the instructor to the students in either xerox hardcopy or in elrctronic .PDF format on a course website.
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Occasional very short ( 1 page) written assignment may be made.
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes
Skills Requirement: No
Prerequisite: Some background in the physical sciences and mathematics and/or the history of science would be helpful; students who are concerned about their level of preparation for the seminar should contact the instructor.
Limited Enrollment Number: 10
Final Exam Given: A take-home final examination will be given.
Final Exam Type: Take-Home
Mid Term or Other Exam: A take-home midterm, perhaps optional, may be offered.
Paper or In-Class Presentation: A seminar paper in lieu of the take-home final may be written by students seeking to satisfy the seminar writing requirement. Students may be asked to do a short in-class presentation or lead discussion for 20-30 minutes.
Participation Points: Yes--up to 3
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Maximum of 2 unexcused absences
Online Course Site: None