In preparation for a pioneering course on the History of Science, Dan Fleisch, associate professor of physics, and Sean McKinniss ’06 traveled to the United Kingdom this summer to trace the roots of 21st century science.
The planned course, which will be taught in England next summer by Fleisch and Tim Lewis, professor of biology, is the first of its kind as it seeks to uncover the science behind the discovery.
“In this way, learning will take place outside the classroom, and participants will be in a very interesting place to learn science, not as a finished package, but to see how it was developed,” Fleisch said.
Among the areas to be explored are Siccar Point, Scotland, where James Hutton found compelling evidence for Earth’s immense age, as well as the Faraday Museum in London, England, which houses the equipment Michael Faraday used to connect electricity and magnetism.
Students will also study pioneers of physics education in Cambridge, England, and follow the development of modern biology at Charles Darwin’s home near London and the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, where the structure of DNA was discovered.