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Program Detail - Chemistry History and Art Study Program

Chemistry History and Art Study Program

This course will explore how chemical ideas have developed over time, how social, cultural and historical factors have influenced the development of science and chemistry and, how chemistry and science have contributed to society and human culture. The course traces the historical development of chemistry from ancient to modern times within an intellectual and historical context. Students will see the laboratories of chemists, read from their original writings, and see where they lived and what they created. A second aim of this course is to study works of art including paintings, sculpture, and other physical art and understanding the chemical methods by which they were made. Connections to the scientific understandings of the time period and the historical contexts will be examined as well. Highlights of the trip: • 9 days in London, 6 days in Paris, 4 days in Munich • Spectacular science museums and facilities: Royal Institution of Chemistry, Deutsch Museum, Cavendish Lab, Curie Museum, Oxford, Cambridge • Amazing art museums: Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Glyptothek, Rodin Museum • Historical buildings and palaces: Versailles Palace, Tower of London • Lunch at the Eagle pub at Cambridge University where Watson and Crick dined

May 2019

Approximate Cost:

CH 305 or CH 105

Dr. Karen Stevens