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Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World
Lectures by Professor Steven L. Goldman

Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World (2007) - 36 lectures, 18 hours
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Why has science so dramatically altered how we live and how we think about ourselves? What is the greatest scientific idea of all time? According to Professor Steven L. Goldman, one is tempted to speak of scientific discoveries as the source of science's power to be a driver of social change - that scientists have been discovering new truths about nature, and that the change follows from that. But I argue that it is scientific ideas that are responsible for this change. Ideas are the source of science's power - not discoveries."

And what is the greatest scientific idea of all? For Professor Goldman, that is surely the very idea of science, for as he puts it, "The idea of science itself is an idea that had to be invented."

In Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World, you will explore ideas that - when society has been willing to pursue them - have helped form the foundation of modern life. You'll interpret the term "scientific idea" broadly, so as to include ideas that made science possible at all, as well as ideas that make science immensely powerful.

You will discover there is no sharp distinction between ideas that are classified as scientific and those that are classified as philosophical or mathematical, or even between scientific ideas and political, religious, or aesthetic ideas. Alfred North Whitehead, for example, famously linked the emergence of modern science in the Christian West to the belief in a single, law-observing Creator of the universe.

Professor Steven L. Goldman is Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Lehigh University, where he has taught for 30 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Polytechnic University of New York and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. Professor Goldman has authored or edited eight books and many scholarly articles and reviews. He has received Lehigh's Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.

36 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Knowledge, Know-How, and Social Change 19: The Cell Theory of Life
2: Writing Makes Science Possible 20: The Germ Theory of Disease
3: Inventing Reason and Knowledge 21: The Gene Theory of Inheritance
4: The Birth of Natural Science 22: Energy Challenges Matter
5: Mathematics as the Order of Nature 23: Fields - The Immaterial Becomes Real
6: The Birth of Techno-Science 24: Relationships Become Physical
7: Universities Relaunch the Idea of Knowledge 25: Evolution as Process Science
8: The Medieval Revolution in Know-How 26: Statistical Laws Challenge Determinism
9: Progress Enters into History 27: Techno-Science Comes of Age
10: The Printed Book - Gutenberg to Galileo 28: Institutions Empower Innovation
11: Renaissance Painting and Techno-Science 29: The Quantum Revolution
12: Copernicus Moves the Earth 30: Relativity Redefines Space and Time
13: The Birth of Modern Science 31: Reconceiving the Universe, Again
14: Algebra, Calculus, and Probability 32: The Idea behind the Computer
15: Conservation and Symmetry 33: Three Faces of Information
16: Instruments as Extensions of the Mind 34: Systems, Chaos, and Self-Organization
17: Time, Change, and Novelty 35: Life as Molecules in Action
18: The Atomic Theory of Matter 36: Great Ideas, Past and Future


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Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World
Lectures by Professor Steven L. Goldman

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Great Scientific Ideas That Changed
the World
for describing how scientific ideas brought about
significant changes in our world and our personal lives.