1.) Clarify their ideas about the nature of science and identify historical changes in its theory and practice.
2.) Identify, and compare, distinctive characteristics of science during the Middle Ages and during the sixteenth-eighteenth centuries (early modern period).
3.) Describe changes and continuities in science from the tenth through eighteenth centuries; analyze the appropriateness of the label “Scientific Revolution.”
4.) Outline major historical developments that influenced science during the period covered in this unit.
5.) Formulate a hypothesis, identify historical evidence relevant to the hypothesis, and revise it in view of the relevant historical evidence.