IDIS-310   History of Physical Science

An examination of natural philosophy in the 17th century and of major developments since then in the physical sciences (predominantly physics and chemistry). Particular attention is given to the philosophical and religious background of scientific ideas and the institutional context in which science develops. A central theme of this capstone course will be the investigation of the interaction of science and religion with a view toward articulating a critical reformed Christian perspective on this historical development. Some primary texts will be considered. Prerequisites: developing a Christian mind, history of the west and the world, philosophical foundations, biblical/theological foundations I, junior/senior standing, and a declared major in the natural sciences (or approval of the instructor).