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Crash Course History of Science Study Group

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In Brief

We're launching a new, learner-guided Study Group to take Hank Green's History of Science Crash Course with learners worldwide. The study group welcomes everyone and will include weekly Zoom sessions hosted by Fabio, our Study Group coordinator. You can find more details in our overview article. We're getting started on September 13. Come join us!

The Course

In this Study Group, we're going to be taking the online course History of Science, which is offered by Crash Course on YouTube, and taught by popular science communicator Hank Green. The course will take us on world tour to discover the history of science — from the Greek natural philosophers, to the development of medicine in the Middle East, to the Space Age, to the advent of computers. You can find a preview of the course here.

The Study Group

We're going to be taking the course over six weeks. You can expect a commitment of 2–5 hours per week. All along, we'll support each other through a dedicated discussion forum, where we'll be able to ask and reply to questions. And every week, we'll meet for a one-hour Zoom session to have a friendly chat among learners, discuss what we're learning, and motivate each other.

More Details

You can find a full overview of the History of Science Study Group in our announcement article.

How it works

Class Central Study Groups have 3 components.

  • 1. Online Course

    The course we’ll take. This course is provided by YouTube.

  • 2. Discussion Forum

    Where we support each other as we take the course.

  • 3. Weekly Live Sessions

    Where we chat with guest instructors and other study group members.

Course overview

In this learner-guided Study Group, we'll go on a worlwide journey to learn about the history of science — from the greek natural philosophers, to medicine in the Middle East, to the Space Age, to the advent of computers. We'll support each other through a forum. And we'll meet weekly on Zoom to discuss what we're learning.

View more details on course page

Schedule Sep 13, 2021 – Oct 15, 2021

  1. Week 1W1

    Monday, Sep 13 – Sunday, Sep 19

    1. 1.1 Course Preview
    2. 1.2 Intro to History of Science
    3. 1.3 The Presocratics
    4. 1.4 Plato and Aristotle
    5. 1.5 India
    6. 1.6 The Americas and Time keeping
    7. 1.7 Roman Engineering
    8. 1.8 The Medieval Islamicate World
    9. 1.9 Medieval China
  2. Week 2W2

    Monday, Sep 20 – Sunday, Sep 26

    1. 2.1 Ancient & Medieval Medicine
    2. 2.2 Alchemy
    3. 2.3 Cathedrals and Universities
    4. 2.4 The Scientific Revolution
    5. 2.5 The New Astronomy
    6. 2.6 The Scientific Methods
    7. 2.7 The New Anatomy
    8. 2.8 The Columbian Exchange
  3. Week 3W3

    Monday, Sep 27 – Sunday, Oct 03

    1. 3.1 Newton and Leibniz
    2. 3.2 The New Chemistry
    3. 3.3 Biology Before Darwin
    4. 3.4 Earth Science
    5. 3.5 The Industrial Revolution
    6. 3.6 Darwin and Natural Selection
    7. 3.7 Eugenics and Francis Galton
    8. 3.8 Microbiology
  4. Week 4W4

    Monday, Oct 04 – Sunday, Oct 10

    1. 4.1 Genetics
    2. 4.2 Thermodynamics
    3. 4.3 Electricity
    4. 4.4 Ford, Cars and a New Revolution
    5. 4.5 Cinema, Radio, and Television
    6. 4.6 The Mind/Brain
    7. 4.7 Marie Curie and Spooky Rays
    8. 4.8 Einstein's Revolution
  5. Week 5W5

    Monday, Oct 11 – Sunday, Oct 17

    1. 5.1 The Atomic Bomb
    2. 5.2 Biomedicine
    3. 5.3 Genetics and The Modern Synthesis
    4. 5.4 The Computer and Turing
    5. 5.5 Air Travel and The Space Race
    6. 5.6 Ecology
    7. 5.7 Controlling the Environment
    8. 5.8 Biotechnology
  6. Week 6W6

    Monday, Oct 18 – Sunday, Oct 24

    1. 6.1 Bodies and Dollars
    2. 6.2 The Century of the Gene
    3. 6.3 The Internet and Computing
    4. 6.4 Life and Longevity
    5. 6.5 Climate Science
    6. 6.6 The Limits of History

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