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2021/2022

History of Physics 1

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02DEF1 Z 2 2+0 Czech
Lecturer:
Miroslav Myška, Igor Jex (guarantor)
Tutor:
Miroslav Myška, Igor Jex (guarantor)
Supervisor:
Department of Physics
Synopsis:

Physics and its place in the system of sciences. The relationship of man and nature. Natural sciences in ancient Orientand Greece, Greek natural philosophers, Aristotle. Physics in Helenistic period, Archimed. Arabic science, European science in Middle Ages. Renaissance - da Vinci, Giordano Bruno. Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Huygens. The birth of physics as experimental science. Newton and his work.

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Syllabus of lectures:

1. Physics and its place in the system of sciences., the relationship of man and nature.

2. The origin of man, thinking and culture.

3. The science in ancient Orient, Egypt, India and China.

4. Greek natural philosophy, atomists.

5. Aristotelian physics.

6. Physics in helenistic period, Archimed.

7. Arabian science.

8. Science in medieval Europe.

9. Copernicus and heliocentrism.

10. Physics during the Renaissance.

11. Kepler and Galilei.

12.Scientific revolution in the 17th century.

13. Newton and the origin of classicak mechanics.

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Key references:

[1] D. Wootton: The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution, Penguin Random House, 2015

Recommended references:

[2] J. Z. Buchwald, R. Fox (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics, Oxford University Press; Reprint edition, 2017

[3] I. Asimov: The History of Physics, Walker Publishing Company; Revised edition, 1984

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