History and Philosophy of Science

Module code: NS2055

Module co-ordinator: Professor Derek Raine

In this module you will study the history of our understanding of the scientific method and the scientific worldview. This is illustrated through the history of three particular disciplines: astronomy, mathematics and biology.

Topics covered

  • World views
  • Instrumentation and realism
  • Science Wars
  • Astronomy
  • Solar physics
  • Cosmology
  • The expanding universe
  • History of mathematics
  • From arithmetic to mathematics
  • Algorithms
  • Proofs
  • Symbols


  • 4 two-hour workshops


  • Essay (84%)
  • Multiple Choice Questions (16%)