This course is about how scientists figure things out. To put it more formally, it is about how people make sense of the natural world in the past, understand the present, and make predictions for the future. An integral (and interesting) part of this process is the different methods scientists use, the ways they work as a community, and how that community interacts and reflects the larger society. These aspects of science rarely get addressed in a traditional science class – in fact, it generally falls through the cracks of any college curriculum. So in this class we will emphasize the commonalities between different sciences and how scientific knowledge is generated rather than worrying about memorizing formulas or scientific facts.
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