Modern Science: 17th-century roots unearthed

27 October 2017

On Monday 30 October, the University of Groningen launches a free online course that will investigate the sources of modern science. During a three-week period, three scientists will take the participants to the seventeenth century, to the origin of the scientific revolution which took place in those days: ‘Scientific Revolution: Understanding the Roots of Modern Science’. Three researchers from the Talent Scheme (Veni) are the driving force behind this MOOC (‘massive online open course’): Andrea Sangiacomo, Han Thomas Adriaenssen and Doina-Cristina Rusu.

Left to right:  Andrea Sangiacomo, Doina-Cristina Rusu and Han Thomas Adriaenssen. Three people..Left to right: Andrea Sangiacomo, Doina-Cristina Rusu and Han Thomas Adriaenssen. Photo: RUG

The aim is to give the public an accessible and instructive opportunity to make acquaintance with the scientific revolution that took place four hundred years ago and the role it played in shaping the modern Western world. The course is available in English and contains six modules: Understanding ‘science’; Aristotelian ‘science’ vs. the ‘new’ science; Experience, experiments and instruments’; The role of scientific hypotheses; Science and society; and Science, religion and secularization.

Philosophy and science

The course has been put together by Andrea Sangiacomo, specialist in early modern philosophy (especially Spinoza and Descartes) and science, among other things, Han Thomas Adriaenssen (research into Aristotelian philosophy) and Doina-Cristina Rusu, also a researcher in early modern philosophy and science.

Participants in the MOOC will need to study for about three hours per week. The course is available free of charge (register here and watch the introduction film), but for €34, you can have unlimited access to the course material and you will receive a certificate.

The three-week course starts on Monday 30 October.

Further information

MOOC is supported and sponsored by Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought.

Source: NWO