Karl Popper, an influential philosopher and historian of science proposed that "Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths." From this perspective, we can trace the historical origin of science back to creation stories and the metaphysics of ancient philosophy. But how did science as we know it today emerge from this myth-infused origin? Is science a special or privileged way of expanding our knowledge of the world? What makes a theory "scientific"? What propels scientific revolutions? In addressing these questions, course will contest a common (if unspoken) myth about science: that it has no creation story, that it had to be the way it is. Our attention to the history and philosophy of science will focus on the themes of the role of science in society and in the development of our conception of ourselves in relation to nature.