Breakthroughs and Controversies in Science and Mathematics

Full Title: 
Controversy in Science & Math
Instructor: 
Sarah Greenwald
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 12:30-1:45 pm
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2010
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200

Human beings are driven to explore ourselves and the world around us and to ask how things work. Today it may be difficult for us to imagine how mysterious the inside of a living person seemed only about 100 years ago, when x-rays were discovered in 1895. Amazing breakthroughs have been made since then, such as the invention of the atomic bomb, penicillin, cloning and artificial intelligence.

In this course we will look at the process of discovery as well as the implications of recent breakthroughs and developments. We will choose topics and explore these issues using articles, books, and television programs. We might choose to debate global warming, string theory, or Lawrence Summers’ comments about the innate ability of women in mathematics, discuss the ethics of biodiesel or unbreakable codes, or explore articles about whether we still need to learn
multiplication tables.

In this context we will focus on what science and mathematics is, strategies for success in these fields,
ethical and philosophical considerations, public perceptions, applications to daily tasks, and the
relationship of science and mathematics to American competitiveness and the global economy. The
only prerequisite is an open mind.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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