800701 Scientific Errors

winter semester 2015/2016 | Last update: 14.10.2015 Place course on memo list
800701
Scientific Errors
SE 2
2,5
weekly
annually
English

Basic understanding of scientific methodology and its development on the basis of the intricacies of empirical knowledge.

Modern science is appreciated for its history of success and progress. Its development, however, was not as linear and uniform as is sometimes assumed, and in fact it is proper scientific methodology not only to build on the successes of vindicated theories but also to discard refuted hypotheses or theories.

Although it is rarely done, it still can be worthwhile, in particular from a broader philosophical perspective and for the purpose to learn about scientific method, to take a look at theories which once were promising (e.g. Lamarck's theory of natural history) or even widely accepted (Phlogiston) but later were dismissed and went into oblivion.

In the course, a number of these discarded theories will be introduced and discussed with the specific aim to get some grasp on scientific methodology *through the backdoor*.

Seminar style: students' presentations plus discussion.

Presentation plus short end-term paper.

Thomas S. Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions; Chicago 1962.

Patricia Fara: Science. A Fourb Thousand Year History; Oxford 2010.

not applicable
07.10.2015
Group 0
Date Time Location
Wed 2015-10-07
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2015-10-14
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2015-10-21
18.00 - 19.30 40432 UR 40432 UR Barrier-free ACHTUNG: Seminarraum 40432 - GEIWI-Turm, 4. Stock
Wed 2015-10-28
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2015-11-04
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2015-11-11
18.00 - 19.30 4DG14 SR 4DG14 SR ACHTUNG: Seminarraum 4DG14 - GEIWI-Turm, Dachgeschoss
Wed 2015-11-18
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2015-11-25
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2015-12-02
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2015-12-09
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2015-12-16
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2016-01-13
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2016-01-20
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free
Wed 2016-01-27
18.00 - 19.30 UNO Saal UNO Saal Barrier-free