May 20, 2024  
Course Catalog 2021-2022 
Course Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

FSEM 101 - From Mercury to Insanity - Exploring the History and Impact of Science

This FYS will explore the connections of science and history. Penicillin was discovered by making a critical observation in the right place at the right time. It was learned that microwaves could have household value when a scientist noticed a melted chocolate bar in their pocket near a source of microwave radiation. How did we go from making observations of our world to a systematic method for understanding? How do we compare serendipitous discoveries to those as a result of a focused effort? Is there value in fundamental research for the sake of understanding? In the course of studying these exciting topics, you will perform some of the most historically impactful science experiments and learn valuable skills in scientific writing, data analysis, and presentations. From bombs to vaccines, we’ll find out how science has been used to harm and to heal.

Credits 1