Science and Human Nature is part of the Core education at Oglethorpe University. The Core is how Oglethorpe tackles general education – and it is awesome! Students get a thoughtful and communal educational experience, and one of the last classes they take is Science and Human Nature (aka “Science Core”).
I have taught Science Core for several years. The main theme of Science Core is – What does it mean to practice science? How is science different from other ways of knowing? And – how do we communicate science? In the past my class has focused on Quantum Mechanics, but this year, one image caused me to completely recreate my class.
How could I not spend 14 weeks discussing how far we have come in our ability to image and understand space?! So this semester we will be discussing observational astronomy – starting from the early Greek astronomers, working our way through the wonderful women at Harvard, and finally landing with James Webb Space Telescope.