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The Rise of Science (EAS3237)

30 credits

During the 17th century, Renaissance ways of understanding the natural world slowly gave way to a ‘new philosophy’ – the scientific method. But the process was not straightforward. This module will study literature that emerged from the scientific community and from its critics. What is the best way to construct knowledge? Whose authority should we trust? How should we communicate our ideas? We will explore these questions through a range of literary and scientific texts, images and artefacts from the period.

You do not need to have studied any science in order to take this module.