Universität Wien

265004 VU Facets of Science and Interactions with Society with the Focus on History (2017W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik
Continuous assessment of course work

Übersichtsdarstellung der Lehrveranstaltung.

Die U:SPACE-online-Anmeldung für die Studierenden, die im EC registriert sind, beginnt Di 03.10.17 um 20:00 Uhr und endet am Do 05.10.17 um 23.00 Uhr. Für alle anderen Studierenden, denen ihr Studienlan eine freie Wahl von LV erlaubt, zeitlich parallel dazu Anmeldung per E-Mail unter ec-nwdenken@univie.ac.at. Aufnahme nach Maßgabe des vorhandenen Platzes.

Aufnahmebestigung bis Fr 6.10. 18:00 per E-Mail.
Falls Sie als Entscheidungshilfe Unterlagen des Vorjahres einsehen wollen, bitte unter: viktor.groeger@univie.ac.at um Zugang ersuchen. Bald nach der Anmeldung finden Sie die Materialien zur LV auf der Moodle-Plattform der LV. Sie wird im Lauf der Vorlesung noch aktualisiert, wo nötig. Ein Studierendenforum wird dort auch eingerichtet.

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German



Vorbesprechung Dienstag 03.10. 15:00 Christian-Doppler-HS, 3.Stock, Physik, Strudlhofgasse 4, 1090 Wien
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Aims, contents and method of the course

Role of mathematics in Sciences
- achieving a formal structure of perception
- overvoming intuition
- driving force of theory development
Thermodynamics and time direction: How you get surprisingly reliable results about the properties of systems composed of an unimaginable number of particles and what follows from the statistical nature of the description
Space, time, spacetime; two revolutions of thinking and methodical questions:
Relativity, Cosmology
Genetics: Where is the information about life situated, how it is codified, how it works and what about the consequences
Additional topic for self study 'Age determination by radiocarbon method' supported by text in Moodle and an Excursion offer (VERA, Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator)

VO: We will consider the history of sciences chronologically, emphasizing the modern times (from the 16th to the 20th century), with a special focus on social interactions
SE: We discuss case studies in the history of the sciences to deepen the understanding of science in its historical, philosophical and cultural contexts.

Assessment and permitted materials

The EC is finished by finishing successfully suitable three out of the five contained lecture courses. The training course part has to be finished first. Requirements are preparation, permanent presence, active participation, the students deliver a short oral or written presentation according to he short available time.
If you miss a seminar unit with valid excuse the delivery of a text can be requested for compensation.
Afterwards an oral exam about the lecture course parts and the supplementary topic has to be passed. The exam is held by one examiner about his own theme in more detail and in addition about the other contents and the supplementary topic 'Life time determination with the radiocarbon method' making use of the questionnaire 'Fremdthemenliste'.
A text of the supplementary topic is in preparation and will be accessible at Moodle.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Knowledge, understanding and survey about ways of thinking and methods in the scientific disciplines considered
Improvement of methodical und interdisciplinary competences, e.g.
Comprehension, refined judgment by analytical thinking and suitable verbal description

VO: To give an insight into the interactions between scientific thinking and society
SE: To deepen and foster insights into the profound contextuality of scientific reasoning and scientific practices.

Examination topics

Zur Leistungskontrolle der Vorlesungsteile und des Ergänzunssthemas finden Sie Inhalte auf der Moodle-Lernplattform.

Reading list

VO Wechselwirkungen: Stephen F. Mason, Geschichte der Naturwissenschaft in der Entwicklung ihrer Denkweisen (3.Aufl.), Verlag für Gedschichte d. Naturwiss. u. d. Technik, Bassum 1997, oder frühere Auflagen; engl. Orig.: A History of the Sciences, 1962)

Association in the course directory

MaP 3, LA-Ph71 fW

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