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.
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.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Millie B.completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I found this course really interesting, and it was pitched at a good level for scientist and non-scientist alike.
My only gripe is that in the final week, the Scientific Revolution was not discussed in the context of the wider world, particularly Muslim and East Asian scientific advances. I think this let the course down slightly, although to be fair it was very clear that we were only discussing the Scientific Revolution in the western world.
This was an excellent course. It was great to explore the development of early modern science. I live in the UK and this is the first Future Learn course I have done by a non-UK university. I thought that the tutors had an excellent command of English. I was very pleased, especially at this time (2017), to find how integrated the UK was in the intellectual world of the seventeenth century, and has continued to be. We are Europeans!