Contemporary Issues: Science and Technology
HNSM 382 - Contemporary Issues: Science and Technology3 hours Scientific discoveries in the 19th century stimulated the rapid growth of technology that is both blessing and bane to contemporary society. The seminal work of John Dalton, Charles Darwin, James Maxwell, et al., led to revolutionary advances in the physical and biological sciences, which in turn gave us tools capable of dignifying or demeaning our collective existence. In this course we will focus on the origin and history of the two contemporary and contentious technological issues, specifically, genetic engineering and nuclear energy. Along the way we will explore the scientific method, the differences between science and technology, and the interdisciplinary nature of rational decision making.