The history of science connects scientific work to world themes and events such as imperialism, industrialisation, and world wars. Unlike other sorts of histories, the history of science isn’t focused on a specific place, group of people or discrete set of events – it’s about the history of a pervasive and massively influential idea – that humans can understand, read, and predict nature (Ede & Cormack, 2012).
One of the major questions in the field of the history of science is whether, why, and how science is different from any other human activity. The study of science history teaches us that science is a complicated, cumulative process, which is tangled together with many other facets of our culture and links science with world events or themes such as industrialisation, the Renaissance, colonialism, and world wars.
Investigating the history of science means exploring more than technological advancement and progress. It involves looking at failures and external influences on science and appreciating the complex process that leads to new knowledge and technologies. The history of science covers everything from the work of ancient Greek philosophers to biologists’ current use of organoids (‘organs in a dish’) in labs today.
• Connect world events to science
• Consider science as it relates to culture and society
• Understand the iterative nature of science
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