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Natural Sciences Tripos, Part II, History and Philosophy of Science, 2004-05: Prescribed sources

The Board of History and Philosophy of Science give notice that the prescribed sources for the essay component of the Natural Sciences Tripos, Part II, in History and Philosophy of Science, 2004-05, are as follows:

Paper 1Selections from S. Parpola (ed.), Letters from Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars (1990)
Paper 2Robert Hooke, Micrographia (1665)
Paper 3Selected parts of Charles Darwin, Origin of Species (1859)
Paper 4Bas van Fraassen, The Scientific Image (1981), chapter 2
Paper 5Langdon Winner, 'Do Artefacts Have Politics?'
Paper 6Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), chapter 7
Paper 7Helkiah Crooke, Mikrocosmographia (1616), Book 4
Paper 8Robert Koch, 'The Aetiology of Tuberculosis' (1882), trans. K. Codell Carter, Essays of Robert Koch (1987)
Paper 9A. D. Sokal, Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity (1996)
Paper 10Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962)

Each source will have four hours of seminars. The seminars for each source will be held in the first half of Michaelmas Term 2004. Candidates are advised to attend seminars for four Primary Sources. These will normally be those sources associated with the three papers they are offering plus one other. Candidates will be required to write essays on two sources, which must be submitted to the Examiners on Monday, 24 January 2005. Each essay should be not more than 3,000 words in length (including footnotes, but excluding bibliography).


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Cambridge University Reporter 12 May 2004
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