cod. 00981

Academic year 2013/14
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Storia della scienza e delle tecniche (M-STO/05)
Storia delle scienze
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

1-Knowledge and understanding:
-knowledge of the philosophical and scientific thought of antiquity;
- Reading and understanding of the philosophical texts;
-knowledge of the terminology and the different philosophical methods needed for problem analysis and interpretation of texts;

2- Applying knowledge and understanding
- Production of reports and written tests in a clear, documented and argued, with proper use of the texts;
- Application of knowledge in interdisciplinary areas. Detection of connections of ideas between the history of philosophy, science and other cultural fields;
-reconstruction of cultural contexts with particular attention to the dialectic of the different positions.


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Course unit content

The course will cover the theme of light in ancient times, with reference to the most important concepts in the field of medieval and contemporary.

Full programme

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a) M. DAUMAS (ed.), History of science, "Universale Laterza" 343/347, Laterza, Rome - Bari 1976 ff.

b) A. C. CROMBIE, From S. Augustine to Galileo. History of science from the fifth to the seventeenth century, Feltrinelli, Milan 1982 ff.

c) C. SINGER, A brief history of scientific thought, "Small Library Einaudi" 16, Einaudi, Torino 1975 ff.

d) E. J. DIJSTERHUIS, The mechanism and the image of the world. From the pre-Socratics in Newton, Feltrinelli, Milan 1971 ff.

e) A. R. HALL - M. BOAS HALL, History of science, Il Mulino, Bologna 1991 ff.
f) R. MAIOCCHI, History of science in Occidente. From the origins to the atomic bomb, La Nuova Italia/ Vita e Pensiero, Florence / Milan 2000/2010;
g) M. BERETTA, History of science material, Bruno Mondadori, Milan 2002

h) E. AGAZZI (ed.), History of Science, New Town, Rome, 1984, 2 vols.

i) C. Maccagni - P. Freguglia (ed.), History of Science, Bramante, Busto Arsizio 1989;

l) P. COURSES (ed.), History of science, in Italian Encyclopaedia of Science Literature and the Arts. Appendix fifth, Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia, Rome 1995;

m) M. Baldini, History of science and technology from antiquity to 900, Armando, Roma 2000.

n) V. Ronchi, History of light, "Biblioteca Universale Laterza" 87, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1990: chapters on the antiquity and the Middle Ages;

o) F. Bevilacqua - M. G. IANNIELLO, Optics from its origins at the beginning of 700, Loescher, Turin 1982 et seq.: Parties on the antiquity and the Middle Ages;

Teaching methods

Lectures, presentations, term papers prepared by individual students or groups and their classroom discussion; any vision of bibliographic material preserved in libraries and related to the course; oral exposure of philosophical positions with public debate.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written essays personal; oral verification of the levels of learning achieved.

Other information

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