Science and Literature: I. Walmsley (Optics), D. Albright (English)
Explores some of the human consequences of the scientific worldview:
- Through the writings of scientists about the implications of their theories.
- Through the works of fiction by their contemporaries, writing either in celebration or in vilification of the march of scientific progress.
Concentrates on several major scientific concepts that provided radical challenges to accepted world views:
- Classical determinism in the 18th century (mechanics)
- Classical indeterminism in the 19th century (thermo)
- Quantum indeterminism in the 20th century (measurement)