History of science and technology

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
165
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/05
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
This course aims to provide the student with the general lines of the historical development of scientific thought with a particular focus on the context (historical, political, religious and cultural) in which it took shape and spread.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will gain a basic knowledge of the main issues related to the relationship between science and society, as well as an understanding of the appropriate lexicon of the discipline. The course will also provide critical tools for reading, interpreting and independently commenting on scientific texts from the past, whilst putting them in their historical context. These skills will be acquired through a direct and ongoing meeting with the instructor in the classroom. The discussion around the proposed sources will be a time of critical reflection and methodological learning.
Students who opt to attend or not attend will be able to avail themselves of the educational tools made available by the instructor on Ariel, deepen the main topics through special readings recommended by the instructor, and of course contact the instructor both by email and during the reception hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Lectures will be delivered remotely, principally in synchronous format via Teams.

On the course page on Ariel, students will be able to find all the information on the lectures and any changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography etc) in case of lockdown.

Finally, in case it proves impossible to hold the exam face to face, the exam will take place remotely, in ways which will be communicated on the course page on Ariel at the end of the course
Course syllabus
Science and Power in the Early Modern Period

Part 1: Galileo and Politics
Part 2: Galileo and the Church
Part 3: In the footsteps of Galileo? The Accademia del Cimento in Florence
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
In addition to frontal lectures, team works and/or individual presentations are envisaged
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (parts 1 and 2)
Textbook (one of the following volumes):
P. Rossi, La nascita della scienza moderna in Europa, 8° edizione, Laterza, Roma 2005
A. Clericuzio, La macchina del mondo. Teorie e pratiche scientifiche dal Rinascimento a Newton, Roma, Carocci, 2012.

Knowledge of the following volumes:
Galileo Galilei, Sidereus Nuncius, a cura di A. Battistini, Marsilio, Venezia 1997
Galileo Galilei, Scienza e religione. Scritti copernicani, a cura di M. Bucciantini e M. Camerota, Donzelli editore, Roma 2009

- Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (parts 1, 2 and 3)
Textbook (one of the following volumes):
P. Rossi, La nascita della scienza moderna in Europa, 8° edizione, Laterza, Roma 2005
A. Clericuzio, La macchina del mondo. Teorie e pratiche scientifiche dal Rinascimento a Newton, Roma, Carocci, 2012.

Knowledge of the following volumes:
Galileo Galilei, Sidereus Nuncius, a cura di A. Battistini, Marsilio, Venezia 1997
Galileo Galilei, Scienza e religione. Scritti copernicani, a cura di M. Bucciantini e M. Camerota, Donzelli editore, Roma 2009
Vincenzo Viviani, Vita di Galileo, a cura di B. Basile, Salerno editrice, Roma 2001
Lorenzo Magalotti, Saggi di naturali esperienze, Sellerio editore, Palermo 2001 (pp. 9-68)

Non-attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
Textbook (one of the following volumes):
P. Rossi, La nascita della scienza moderna in Europa, 8° edizione, Laterza, Roma 2005
A. Clericuzio, La macchina del mondo. Teorie e pratiche scientifiche dal Rinascimento a Newton, Roma, Carocci, 2012.

Knowledge of the following volumes:
Galileo Galilei, Sidereus Nuncius, a cura di A. Battistini, Marsilio, Venezia 1997
Galileo Galilei, Scienza e religione. Scritti copernicani, a cura di M. Bucciantini e M. Camerota, Donzelli editore, Roma 2009

M. Camerota, Galileo Galilei e la cultura scientifica nell'età della controriforma, Salerno editrice, Roma 2004, chap. 3-6.


- Programme for 9 cfu:
Textbook (one of the following volumes):
P. Rossi, La nascita della scienza moderna in Europa, 8° edizione, Laterza, Roma 2005
A. Clericuzio, La macchina del mondo. Teorie e pratiche scientifiche dal Rinascimento a Newton, Roma, Carocci, 2012

Knowledge of the following volumes:
Galileo Galilei, Sidereus Nuncius, a cura di A. Battistini, Marsilio, Venezia 1997
Galileo Galilei, Scienza e religione. Scritti copernicani, a cura di M. Bucciantini e M. Camerota, Donzelli editore, Roma 2009
Vincenzo Viviani, Vita di Galileo, a cura di B. Basile, Salerno editrice, Roma 2001
Lorenzo Magalotti, Saggi di naturali esperienze, Sellerio editore, Palermo 2001 (pp. 9-68

M. Camerota, Galileo Galilei e la cultura scientifica nell'età della controriforma, Salerno editrice, Roma 2004, chap. 3-6.
P. Galluzzi, 'L'Accademia del Cimento: "gusti" del principe, filosofia e ideologia dell'esperimento', Quaderni Storici 48, 788-844 (1981).
U. Baldini, 'La scuola galileiana', in Storia d'Italia, Annali, n. 3, Scienza e tecnica nella cultura e nella società dal Rinascimento a oggi, Torino, Einaudi, 1980, pp. 383-463.

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Method: oral exam
- Type of examination: oral interrogation;
- Evaluation criteria: knowledge of the main methodologies and contents of the course; capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reading of the texts in program; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon;
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s;

The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/05 - HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 55 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/05 - HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 55 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/05 - HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 55 hours