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Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

About IHPST

The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) was founded in 1967. It is a graduate studies and research institute offering MA and PhD degrees. IHPST also offers undergraduate courses. It has 13 core faculty and 23 affiliated faculty, all of whom have approval to supervise PhD thesis work. The main areas of faculty expertise are: history of medicine and biological sciences, history of mathematics and physical sciences, history of technology, general philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of physics and philosophy of mathematics. The editorial offices of a leading journal in the history of science is housed at IHPST: Annals of Science. IHPST faculty, staff and graduate students occupy the third floor of Victoria College. The approximately 40 graduate students have study carrels and a common room lounge on that floor and have available computers, a printer and flatbed scanner, and wireless access for laptop use. Faculty and students benefit from the incredible resources of the University of Toronto including access to a wide range of graduate courses offered by 28 Arts and Science departments and access to the library resources of a library system ranked third behind Harvard and Stanford universities (Association of Research Libraries ranking). IHPST has a biweekly colloquium series and organises a least one conference a year.

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The history and philosophy of science and technology is a discipline that cuts across the sciences and humanities. HPS courses treat science and mathematics, medicine, and technology ... MORE

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Summer 2015 Courses

1st Summer Session:

HPS210H1 Scientific Revolutions I (Lectures)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-12
Prof. Brian Baigrie
Location: NF113
Case studies in the history of science from antiquity to 1800, including the revolutionary work of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Newton, Linnaeus, Lavoisier, and Herschel. The course is designed to be accessible to science students and non-scientists alike. 

DR=HUM/SCI; BR=2

HPS211H1 Scientific Revolutions II (Lectures)
Mondays & Wednesdays 10-12
Prof. Brian Baigrie
Location: EM001 May 11–June 15
AH100 May 27th & June 17th
Case studies in the history of science from 1800 to 2000, including Volta, Lyell, Darwin, Mendel, Einstein, Schrödinger, Watson, and Crick. The course is designed to be accessible to science students and non-scientists alike. 

DR=HUM/SCI; BR=2

2nd Summer Session:

JHE353H1 History of Evolutionary Biology I (Lectures & Tutorials)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3
Location: RW 117
SS1088 June 30th & July 2nd
Instructor: Juan Ilerbaig
An examination of major ideas about biological evolution from the 18th century to the 1930's and of their impact on scientific and social thought. Topics include the diversity of life and its classification, the adaptation of organisms to their environment, Wallace's and Darwin's views on evolution by natural selection, sexual selection, inheritance from Mendel to T.H. Morgan, and eugenics.
DR=HUM/SCI; BR=3