Here is a list of some classic books dealing with the history and philosophy of the scientific topics we cover in NASC 120.

Astronomy & Physics

Burtt, E.A. The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science. Doubleday, 1932

Butterfield, Herbert. The Origins of Modern Science, 1300-1800. Clarke, Irwin & Co., 1977..

Cohen, I.B. The Birth of the New Physics. W.W. Norton & Co., 1991.

Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History of Time. Bantam, 1988.

Kearney, Hugh. Science and Change, 1500-1700. McGraw-Hill, 1971.

Koestler, Arthur. The Sleepwalkers. Grosset & Dunlop, 1959

Koyré, Alexander. From The Closed World to the Infinite Universe. Johns Hopkins, 1994.

Kuhn, Thomas. The Copernican Revolution. Harvard, 1992.


Evolution & Genetics

Bowler, Peter. Evolution: The History of an Idea. Third edition. University of California Press, 2001.

Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species.

Dawkins, Richard. The Blind Watchmaker. Norton,1986.

Eisley, Loren. Darwin's Century. Anchor, 1961.

Gould, Stephen Jay. Ever Since Darwin. Norton, 1977.

Maynard Smith, John. The Theory of Evolution. Cambridge, 1993.

Mayr, Ernst. The Growth of Biological Thought. Harvard, 1982.

Mayr, Ernst. What Evolution Is. Basic Books, 2001.

Margulis, Lynn and Dorian Sagan. Microcosmos: four billion years of microbial evolution. University of California Press, 1997.

Ruse, Michael. The Evolution Wars.  Rutgers University Press, 2001.



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