Whilst science changes our worldview, our worldview changes our world. The history of the development of human societies cannot be understood without a proper understanding of the development of important science ideas and technology breakthroughs. In this module, we investigate questions as follows: Why did important scientific revolutions, such as the Copernican Heliocentrism and the Darwinian theory of natural selection happen in western but not eastern societies? How did these revolutions (and the lack of them) change the development of a society? How did the political and economic background of Europe in the 18th and 19th century contribute to the occurrence of industrial revolution, and why were some Asian countries (Japan) more able to catch up with the development and why some other countries (e.g. China) weren’t? What is the impact of the invention of Web2.0, and how does it change the role of Asian countries in the world?
History and invention of science
Science and construction of Asia
Science and the Future