Alt: A replica of Isaac Newton's second reflecting telescope of 1672.

Photograph © Andrew Dunn.

Basic Program Year Three: Autumn


Available Sections

Offered for
09:30 am—12:45 pm
Taught by
Claudia Traudt, Noah Chafets
Section Notes

Deadline for Online Registration: Thursday, September 23 at 5 pm CT

No class Nov 26

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In the Year 3 Seminar we will read some of the fundamental and groundbreaking works in the history of science. Each of these texts challenges the way we think about the structure and operation of the universe and our own place in it. In the Tutorial we will engage in a close reading of a classic novel: the novel for 2022 is Herman Melville's Moby Dick, or The Whale.

Course Outline

Year 3 Autumn Reading List


Week Seminar
1 Aristotle, Physics: Book I, Chapter I; Book II, Chapters I-III
2 Aristotle, Physics: Book II, Chapters IV-IX
3 Lucretius, The Nature of Things: Books I-III (pp. 1-82)
4 Lucretius, The Nature of Things: Books IV-VI (pp. 83-176)
5 Newton, Principia, Book I: Newton’s Preface to the Reader; Definitions; Scholium (pp. 1-28)
6 Newton, Principia, Book I: Axioms, or Laws of Motion; Scholium; On the Finding of Centripetal Forces, Proposition 1 (pp. 29-46)
7 Newton, Principia, Book III: Preface; Rules of Philosophizing; Phenomenon 1 (pp. 57-63); General Scholium (pp. 93-96)
8 Darwin, Origin of Species: Introduction; Chapters 1-4 (pp. 3-132) 
9 Darwin, Origin of Species: Chapters 6-8 (pp. 171-273)
10 Darwin, Origin of Species: Chapters 13 and 14 (pp. 402-478)


Week Tutorial

Melville, Moby Dick, Etymology, Extracts, Chapters 1-3, pp. xxxvii-li; 3-27

2 Melville, Moby Dick, Chapters 4-19, pp. 28-103
3 Melville, Moby Dick, Chapters 20-35, pp. 104-173
4 Melville, Moby Dick, Chapters 36-49, pp. 174-249
5 Melville, Moby Dick, Chapters 50-64, pp. 250-324
6 Melville, Moby Dick, Chapters 65-83, pp. 325-401
7 Melville, Moby Dick, Chapters 84-99, pp. 402-475
8 Melville, Moby Dick, Chapters 100-118, pp. 476-545
9 Melville, Moby Dick, Chapters 119-135, Epilogue, pp. 546-625
10 Melville, Moby Dick, Review of the whole


1.    Aristotle, trans. Reeve. Physics. Hackett. 978-1-62466-691-9 or 978-0674992511 (2021)
2.    Lucretius, The Nature of Things, Copley, trans., Norton, ISBN 978-0393090949.
3.    Newton, Selections from Newton’s Principia, Densmore, ed., Green Lion Press, ISBN 978-1888009262.
4.    Darwin, On the Origin of Species, Bantam Press, ISBN 978-0553214635.
5.    Melville, Moby Dick, or The Whale. Penguin, ISBN 978-0142437247 (or used as 978-0140390841).


Online registration deadline: Thursday, Sept 22 at 5 PM CT.

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