Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europeans lived in a world in flux.  New printed books flooded the market and letter-writing networks now spanned the globe, challenging traditional ideas about everything from astronomy and mathematics to botany and medicine.  This course will use a combination of hands-on activities, digital history methods, lectures, and readings to explore the ways both elite natural philosophers and everyday men and women understood the world, and how those understandings changed–or didn’t–during the early modern era.  No previous experience with college-level science or digital history is necessary.

From the top menu of this website, you can navigate to:

  • About: who, when, where, what you need to download/buy
  • Policies: the fine print
  • Grading: how contract grading works
  • Assignments: a lists of the assignments and their final due dates
  • Schedule: what you need to read, when
  • Resources: things that may help, will be updated throughout the semester

The course Zoom link will be available via the course Slack instance, which you will receive an invitation to join at your GMU email address near the beginning of the semester (depending on when you enroll in this class).