In the last few weeks, we have read in depth about two scientific breakthroughs, and about their accompanying cultural contexts (Newton's and Darwin's). We have also read two different ideas about how scientific breakthroughs happen, and how such breakthroughs relate to cultural context in general (Willis and Kuhn).
|Choose either Darwin
or Newton for this assignment.
Write a five-page paper in which you summarize the nature and importance of your scientist's scientific breakthrough, but also show how there was a 'literary' or 'cultural' element to the way the work was concieved, presented, or recieved.
You may use Willis and/or Kuhn to help you set up your argument.
Note that this assignment can take a lot of different forms. For example:
Note that this assignment is designed to provide you with a good amount of flexibility in writing about the course materials. If you have a different idea for a paper topic that will let you do this, feel free to ask ahead of time and I might approve it.
A full rough draft of your paper is due in class on Wednesday, April 5 for peer review. Final drafts of the paper should be emailed to me by 5pm on Friday, April 7.