Professor Lawrence M. Principe, Ph.D.

Professor Lawrence M. Principe
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • History of Science, Johns Hopkins University
One of the best things about history, to my mind, is that it gives us a sense of perspective—a perspective that often reveals how strange and atypical our times are in relation to the past.

Dr. Lawrence M. Principe is Drew Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Principe earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Delaware. He also holds two doctorates: a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in the History of Science from Johns Hopkins University. In 1999, the Carnegie Foundation chose Professor Principe as the Maryland Professor of the Year, and in 1998 he received the Templeton Foundation's award for courses dealing with science and religion. Johns Hopkins has repeatedly recognized Professor Principe's teaching achievements. He has won its Distinguished Faculty Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award, and the George Owen Teaching Award. In 2004, Professor Principe was awarded the first Francis Bacon Prize by the California Institute of Technology, awarded to an outstanding scholar whose work has had substantial impact on the history of science, the history of technology, or historically-engaged philosophy of science. Professor Principe has published numerous papers and is the author or coauthor of three books, including The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest.

Testimonials

"Dr. Principe is an awesome presenter and although he covered a long time span of history, he was able to put the beginnings of science in historical perspective along with the progress of civilization ."

 

"Dr. Principle is a passionate speaker and highly versed in both the history of science and theology. He is able to convey complex ideas and relationships with a rare clarity of style."

 

"Professor Principe fits all the criteria for the "ideal teacher!"  He opened my mind, expanded my horizons, got me thinking.  His explanation of past history really helped me to understand the present!"

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12 Courses and Sets

  1. Science and Religion Sale

    Science and Religion

    Lawrence M. Principe
    4.2 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (143)
    Save up to $180.00 Starting at $12.95 $19.95 $12.95$19.95
    Science and religion—two crucial forces that helped shape Western civilization and continue to interact in our daily lives. What is the nature of their relationship? When do they conflict? And how do they influence each other in their pursuits of knowledge and truth? Science and Religion, taught by award-winning Professor Lawrence M. Principe, answers these and other pointed questions about the historical sweep...
  2. History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

    History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

    Lawrence M. Principe
    4.4 out of 5
    63% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (41)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    Understand what science really is, how it developed, and how it works. Learn who pursued science, and why. From the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians, to Roman and Islamic contributions, through the Renaissance to the laws of Isaac Newton, you will share a fascinating journey with Professor Principe, whose ability to synthesize material covering thousands of years into an enjoyable and succinct format is invaluable.
  3. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.4 out of 5
    61% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (13)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  4. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.8 out of 5
    57% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  5. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.2 out of 5
    42% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  6. (Set) Science and Religion & Philosophy of Religion  Set on sale

    (Set) Science and Religion & Philosophy of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $508.00 Starting at $37.90 $66.90 $37.90$66.90
    Discover how religion intersects with philosophy and science in some intriguing—and even surprising—ways in this rewarding two-course set. Philosophy of Religion invites you to explore questions of divine existence with the tools of epistemology, the branch of philosophy that concerns itself with what we can know. Science and Religion answers pointed questions about the historical sweep and epic...
  7. (Set) Science and Religion & Consciousness and Its Implications  Set

    (Set) Science and Religion & Consciousness and Its Implications

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $179.90 Starting at $179.90 $399.90 $179.90$399.90
    What is the nature of the relationship between science and religion? What is the nature of human consciousness? Discover provocative answers to these profound questions in this two-course set. Science and Religion depicts the historical interaction between faith and science and reveals how these two forces have actually been partners in an age-old adventure. Consciousness and Its Implications probes the depths of...
  8. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  9. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
  10. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  11. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  12. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $629.90 $449.90$629.90