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History of Science and Technology

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Course Unit Code711-0203/13
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated2 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredSummer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
BIO20Mgr. Jindra Biolková, CSc.
JEM03doc. PhDr. Martin Jemelka, Ph.D.
STO0087Mgr. Bc. Mariana Stonišová
Course gives a brief view of basic issues of science and technology development from the beginning of man history up till present. It provides a view of development of scientific findings in relation to development of technology, which is observed from the point of its level in main industries.
History of science and technology are substantial part of human history. Mutual social, economical and political links influencing this area enable better understanding of development of technical problem within socioeconomic context.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
To gain view of development of new scientific findings and their relation to development of technology in main branches of industry, most of all then of student’s own specialization
Course Contents
1. Opening session, introduction to the structure of the course, literature
2. Development of machines and enginery in medieval times, in modern period until industrial revolution. Leonardo da Vinci and his machines
3. Means of transportation and their history
4. Origins of research on electric effects and seminal practical applications of electricity
5. The Industrial Revolution and the beginnings of modern industry
6. 19th century and 20th century; the first and second stage of the technical-scientific revolution. (The Transatlantic Cable, Hoover dam)
7. Historical development of electrotechnics I. (Edison, Tesla)
8. Historical development of electrotechnics II. (Křižík, Kolben)
9. History of artificial intelligence
10. Computers I. (Antonín Svoboda)
11. Computers II.
12. Nuclear energy and alternative energy sources
13. Industries and their role in armament industry in 1800s and 1900s. The Vítkovice Ironworks (Dolní oblast Vítkovice), Škoda.
14. Closing session, evaluation of students’ papers
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
HART-DAVIS, Adam, ed. Science: the definitive visual guide. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4093-8314-7.
TONDL, Ladislav. Věda, technika a společnost: Soudobé tendence a transformace vzájemných vazeb. Praha: Filosofia, 1994. ISBN 80-700-7051-X.
FOLTA, Jaroslav. Studie o technice v českých zemích 1945-1992. Praha: Encyklopedický dům, 2003. Sborník Národního technického muzea. ISBN 80-860-4422-X.
Biolková,J.-Černín,S.:Dějiny vědy a techniky pro FEI, Ostrava 2004 (in:elektronická knihovna katedry 711)
REIER, Sharon. The Bridges of New York. New York: Dover Publications, 2000. ISBN 978-0486412306.
Recommended Reading:
HART, Michael H. The 100: A Ranking Of The Most Influential Persons In History. Citadel; Revised edition, 2000. ISBN 978-0806513508.
KRAUS, Ivo. Dějiny evropských objevů a vynálezů: od Homéra k Einsteinovi. Praha: Academia, c2001. ISBN 80-200-0905-1.
KRAUS, Ivo. Dějiny technických věd a vynálezů v českých zemích. Praha: Academia, 2004. ISBN 80-200-1196-X.
HLUŠIČKOVÁ, Hana, ed. Technické památky v Čechách, na Moravě a ve Slezsku. I. díl, A-G. Praha: Libri, 2001. ISBN 80-7277-043-8.
HART-DAVIS, Adam, ed. Science: the definitive visual guide. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4093-8314-7.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assesment methods and criteria
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Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Exercises evaluationCredit85 85