The Scientific Revolution: 1500 - 1800
Explore the key discoveries, theories, personalities, and impact of the Scientific Revolution in Europe in the 16th through 18th centuries, including the conflict between scientific advances and traditional religious and cultural views of the period. Comparisons with the current revolution in science and technology will be examined. Participants are responsible for obtaining the book by John Gribbin, The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of its Greatest Inventors (2004), and a NOVA/Public Television DVD: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens, which includes printable materials for educators.
NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.
This course is applicable towards the United States History Certificate.
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Dr. Allen Carden
As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.