This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 425
  • Course: Master of Liberal Arts
  • Semester: VIII
  • Title: Literature and Science Writing
  • Stream: English
  • Description:

    History of science writing: chronology and timeline, major events, ‘the scientific revolution’; Natural philosophy and elite science: philosophy, technology and jargon; Thomas Kuhn: sociology and philosophy of science, asking new questions of old data, paradigm shifts; ‘Science wars’: Social Text and the Sokal Affair, scientific realism and postmodern critique; Literature and science studies: Gillian Beer, George Levine, Ralph O’Connor; Literary science writing: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Robert Hooke (1635-1703), Voltaire (1694-1778), Charles Darwin (1809-1882), Ronald Ross (1857-1932), Peter Medawar (1915-1987), Richard Dawkins (1941-).

  • Text:

    Carey,John ed. 1995. The Faber Book of Science.Faber and Faber. London, UK.^$^Dawkins, Richard ed.2008. The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing.Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK.^$^Leigh,John ed. 2007.Voltaire, Philosophical Letters or Letters Regarding the English Nation.Prudence Steiner trans. Hackett.Indianapolis, US.Esp. ‘On Smallpox Inoculation,’ ‘On Mr Newton’s Optics’.^$^Darwin, Charles. 2009, first published 1890. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Library Collection Series. Cambridge, UK.^$^Sleigh, Charlotte. 2011.Literature and Science.Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke, Hants, UK.^$^Kuhn, Thomas. 1962.The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.University of Chicago Press.Chicago, US.