• Coe College Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall, Cedar Rapids
  • Every 1 week(s) between
    November 2, 2017 and November 30, 2017
  • Category: Community Events

Event Details

  • Every 1 week(s) between
    November 2, 2017 and November 30, 2017
  • Thursdays, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
  • $12-$35
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  • Coe College Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall
  • 1220 First Avenue NE
  • Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Event Description

Led by Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics Mario Affatigato, this Thursday Forum will explore the liberal-arts birth of modern science. Starting with the Middle Ages, participants will explore the environment and the famous and forgotten scholars that made it possible for modern science to emerge. The second session will focus on the European Renaissance, and will delve into the conditions that made it possible for Galileo to revolutionize science and Newton to flourish. And here is the crux of the investigation: how did the social, cultural, and economic factors of the Renaissance create the crucible in which science would be forged? What role did older polymaths like Leonardo da Vinci play? Was it important that Galileo had studied art and linear perspective? The third week will deal with the growth and development of science as its own enterprise, including the birth of scientific societies. More importantly, attendees will explore the impact of science on the formation of the United States. Why were science and revolution often intertwined in the American Founding Fathers? Why did so many of them have Scottish teachers? The last session will conclude with science being recognized as the engine that powered the Industrial Revolution, and discuss the growth of science as an engine of social mobility. It will also include a look at the current state of science around the world. Most Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. The class meetings blend lecture, use of media such as film and music, and discussion. A luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series. The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. For more information, call 319-399-8523.

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