Science is a global subject Chemistry 1105 Learning the global nature of scientific discovery Science did not suddenly come into existence; it has been developed over centuries by people. The course of discovery has often been hazardous, erratic and controversial. We tend to view modern science and scientists as being a homogeneous, unified group, but this is something of an illusion. In this exercise, we will examine some of the individuals involved in chemistry’s greatest leaps forward. We will look at their environment, what obstacles they faced and what contributions to knowledge they made, and to what extent these contributions were accepted at the time. Each student is assigned a scientist. About two pages (double-spaced) will be written clearly addressing the following points. Don’t just write an arid summary of work done; set the scene, place your scientist in his/her historical and social context. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Country of origin and country where work performed (not always the same) Date of birth Brief description of political, economic and cultural climate at the time What contribution was made How society was changed if at all What obstacles were overcome Was acceptance immediate or delayed Resources to work on this are available in the library and on the internet. One book that would be highly relevant is “Creations of Fire” by Cathy Cobb. Acceptable formats are .doc, .rtf, .txt, .wpd, .wps .pdf.