History of science – for Kiwis

By Ken Perrott 22/01/2013

Just heard that Rebecca Priestley, a New Zealand science historian and writer (catch her columns in the NZ Listener) is coordinating a new course at Victoria University of Wellington this year. It’s a completely on-line course – SCIE-302 – Special Topic: Revolutions in Science.

I just wish there was something like this  on the history of science when I was an undergraduate. (Mind you I might just get my act together and enrol anyway seeing it’s on-line).

The course will look at major theories in the history of science from classical Greek science to the European enlightenment to 20th century revolutions in physics, biology and earth sciences. A module on New Zealand science history will examine the different worldviews of Maori and Europeans at the time of first contact and look at the changing focus of New Zealand science since that time.

Lectures  are to be given by Professor Edwin Mares, Associate Professor Phil Lester, Professor Shaun Hendy, Emeritus Professor Michael Crozier, Dr Rebecca Priestley, Dr Ocean Mercier and others.

I think anyone who wishes to build a career in science research would definitely find this course useful. As the course description says:

“On completion, students will be able to put current scientific events, and their own academic or professional field, in historical context.”

Download a course description (pdf)

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