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History of Science and Technology

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Course Unit Code711-2203/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated2 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory type B
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites There are no prerequisites or co-requisites for this course unit
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
JEM03doc. PhDr. Martin Jemelka, Ph.D.
STO0087Mgr. Bc. Mariana Stonišová, Ph.D.
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.Introduction to the course, literature
2.Mining and technical schools; Technical monuments
3.Development of machines and enginery in antiquity and medieval times
4.Development of machines and enginery in medieval times; Medieval crafts
5.Development of machines and enginery in modern period until industrial revolution. Leonardo da Vinci and his machines.
6.Industrial revolution and the origins of industries
7. 19th century; the first stage of the technical-scientific revolution
8.Development of iron and steel production
9.Historical trends in development of transportation and transport vehicles in the human history
10.Historical development of electrotechnics (Nikola Tesla, T.A. Edison, F. Křižík, Kolben)
11.20th century; the second stage of the technical-scientific revolution
12.Dream machines - computers
13.Evaluation of students’ projects I.
14.Closing session, evaluation of students’ projects II.
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,Jindra-ČERNÍN,Svatomír. 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
Tutorials, Other activities
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Exercises evaluationCredit85 85