Spring 2015 MATH 24 001 SEM

Freshman Seminars
Schedule: 
SectionDays/TimeLocationInstructorCCN
001 SEMTu 2-330P 891 EVANSWEINSTEIN, A D53678
Units/CreditFinal Exam GroupEnrollment
1: PFNONELimit:20 Enrolled:12 Waitlist:0 Avail Seats:8 [on 03/22/15]

Restrictions: FR

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

Additional Information: 

Prerequisites: Some calculus and physics background will be useful but not required.

Syllabus:

We will meet on ten Tuesdays from 2:10 to 3:30 in Room 891 Evans Hall, from January 27th through April 7th, every week except Spring Break.

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 dimensions (or lower dimensions, as in Flatland, by the repetitively named Edwin Abbott Abbott).   

Students should acquire the required text in time to read and prepare to discuss Chapter 1 at the first meeting.The remaining class meetings will be devoted mostly to chapter by chapter presentations by groups of students.   In past versions of the seminar, students have found it helpful to include multimedia in their presentations.   

Office: 825 Evans Hall

Office Hours: TBA

Required Text: Rudolf v.B. Rucker, Geometry, Relativity, and the Fourth Dimension, Dover Publications, 1977.  (Used copies available online at low price.)

Grading: P/NP

Homework: Preparation of presentations, reading

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