24.114[J] A Philosophical History of Energy

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Philosophic and historical approach to conceptions of energy through the 19th century. Relation of long standing scientific and philosophic problems in the field of energy to 21st-century debates. Topics include the development of thermodynamics and kinetic theories, the foundation of the scientific project, the classical view of energy, and the harnessing of nature. Authors include Bacon, Boltzmann, Carnot, Compte, Descartes, Gibbs, Plato, Aristotle, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Mill, Peirce, Whitehead, and Maxwell. Key texts and controversies form topics of weekly writing assignments and term papers.

This class has no prerequisites.

24.114[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by A. Schulman and B. L. Trout.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H. This class counts as a CI-H.

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