Details of HU3101 (Autumn 2016)

Level: 3 Type: Theory Credits: 3.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
HU3101 History and Philosophy of Science Partho Sarothi Ray,
Soumitro Banerjee

History and Philosophy of Science

Broad overview of scientific developments in various civilizations, Important epochs in the history of science: Greek period, Ancient India, Arab period, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution. Paradigm shifts in science: Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, quantum mechanics, genetic basis of life. Philosophical concepts underlying science: idealism, materialism, determinism, causality, positivism, etc. The concept of falsifiability. Method of scientific research: hypothesis formation, identification of variables, hypothesis testing, design of experiments, etc. Questions and controversies in various scientific disciplines.


Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 1 Not Allowed
2 IP 3 Not Allowed
3 IP 5 Not Allowed
4 MR 1 Not Allowed
5 MR 3 Not Allowed
6 MS 5 Core
7 RS 1 Not Allowed
8 RS 2 Not Allowed