History & Epistemology of Chemistry

Course Information
TitleΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΧΗΜΕΙΑΣ / History & Epistemology of Chemistry
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID40000991

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Owing to the position of the course in the curricullum the students have come in contact with all the main aspects of Chemistry
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course the students are expected to be able to: 1. Know the main philosophical movements that have been reported in history. 2. Know tha relation of the main philosophical movements to science. 3. Know the main events in the evolution of science 4. Know the current scientific theories as well as the preceding ones. 5. The course through the initial proposal of an idea to the point of its acceptance as a scientific theory. 6. Know the general eras of scientific evolution and especially of chemistry evolution. 7. Know the persons related to the above achievements 8. Possess the ability to recall, manipulate and use the above knowledge in the course of teaching Chemistry to secondary school students.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Design and manage projects
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Disticntion between philosophy and science. Philosophical "movements" and scientific theories. Truth, belief and knowledge. Science in early philosophical thought. Current scientific theories. Historical development of Chemical concepts since antiquity and up to modern time. Facts about persons and events related to science and especially Chemistry
History of Chemistry, History of Science, Science in Philosophy, Scientific theories
Educational Material Types
  • Book
  • internet
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Teaching utilizing computer presentations and exchange of information through electronic mail between teacher and students up to the examination period.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Student Assessment
Evaluation of the students on the basis of esseys they are required to present to the class to which fellow-student evaluation also takes place. Final exams with many multiple choice questions.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Στοιχεία Ιστορίας των Επιστημών. Χημεία. Περικλής Ακριβος, εκδόσεις ΖΗΤΗ, Θεσσαλονίκη
Additional bibliography for study
• Ε. Ι. Μπιτσάκης, Διαλεκτική και νεώτερη φυσική, Δαίδαλος Ι. Ζαχαρόπουλος • Δ. Σφενδόνη - Μέντζου, Φιλοσοφία της επιστήμης Εισαγωγή, Ζήτη • Η. Butterfield, Η καταγωγή της σύγχρονης επιστήμης 1300-1800, Μορφωτικό Ίδρυμα Εθνικής Τραπέζης • A.G. Debus, Άνθρωπος και φύση στην Αναγέννηση, Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης • R.O. Gandy, C.W. Kilmister, G. Kreisel, κ.ά., Επιστημονική σκέψη 1900-1960, Μορφωτικό Ίδρυμα Εθνικής Τραπέζης • I. Asimov, A Short History of Chemistry, Greenwood Press Publishers, 1965. • J. Baggott, The Meaning of Quantum Theory, Oxford Science Publications, 1992. • C. Bailey, The Greek Atomists and Epicurus. A Study, Russel & Russell, New York, 1928. • A.G. Debus, The chemical Philosophy. Paracelsian Science and Medicine in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Science History Publications, 1977. • M. Faraday, The Chemical History of a Candle, The Viking Press, 1960. • R. Hall, The revolution in Science. 1500-1750, Longman, London, 1983. • H.M. Leicester, Historical Background to Chemistry, Dover, 1971. • R. Mierzecki, The Historical Development of Chemical Concepts, Dordrecht, 1991. • J.R. Partington, A Short History of Chemistry, Dover, 1937
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