SI3000 History of Physics and Epistemology 5.0 credits
Fysikens historia och kunskapsteori
Educational levelThird cycle
Academic level (A-D)D
Grade scaleP, F
At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.
This course aims at giving students a general overview of the history of science with emphasis on physics. It also aims at giving basic knowledge of the epistemology of science applied to physics, as well as incitements to self-reflection on the participants own research seen from a broader perspective.
As can be seen from the title of the course, its main emphasis is on physics. Apart from this the course is tailored from the participants’ interests and preferences inside reasonable limits (see the titles of previous seminars in the seminarieövningslista (link)). The course is usually given in English.
Course main content
Epistemological aspects of the history of ideas in physics.
The course is given in the format of seminars where the participants present various aspects of the history of ideas in physics. The epistemological aspects will be treated partly by lectures and partly by discussions after each presentation. To run the course there need to be at least 8 participants.
PhD students in Physics/Theoretical Physics/Applied Physics and other interested PhD students.
- A.F. Chalmers: Vad är vetenskap egentligen?, Nya Doxa (1995). (What is this thing called science?)
M.S. Longair: Theoretical concepts in physics, CUP (1984).
S. Sjöberg: Naturvetenskap som allmänbildning, Studentlitteratur (2000).
- PRO1 - Project, 5.0 credits, grade scale: P, F
Requirements for final grade
Self-study of the course book, 70% attendance at the seminars plus one presentation.
Tommy Ohlsson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Spring 12.