Spring 2013 MATH 24 002 SEM

Freshman Seminars
Schedule: 
SectionDays/TimeLocationInstructorCCN
002 SEMTh 1230-2P 891 EVANSWEINSTEIN, A D53833
Units/CreditFinal Exam GroupEnrollment
1: PFNONELimit:18 Enrolled:18 Waitlist:0 Avail Seats:0 [on 06/26/13]

Restrictions: FR ; CURRENTLY FULL

Note: "Geometry, Relativity, and the Fourth Dimension"

Additional Information: 

Prerequisites: Some high school calculus and physics would be useful, but not essential, preparation for this seminar.

Syllabus: Our main focus will be a careful reading and discussion of the book "Geometry, Relativity, and the Fourth Dimension," by Rudolf von Bitter Rucker. The author may be better known to some students as Rudy Rucker, described in Wikipedia as "...an American philosopher mathematician, computer scientist, science fiction author, and one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement." Depending upon student interests, we may look at other work of the author, and/or other material on relativity and higher (or lower, as in "Flatland," by the repetitively named Edwin Abbott Abbott) dimensions. 

The seminar will meet ten times, beginning the first week of the semester. The planned meeting dates are January 24 and 31; February 7, 21 and 28; March 14 and 21; and April 4, 11 and 18, 2013.

Office: 825 Evans Hall

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1-2 PM

Required Text: Rucker, Geometry, Relativity, and the Fourth Dimension

Recommended Reading: 

Grading: P/NP

Homework: 

Course Webpage: see http://math.berkeley.edu/~alanw