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PHIL-125, Great Ideas in the Physical Sciences - Honors

Credits: 3

Course Description

PHIL-125, Great Ideas in the Physical Sciences - Honors, is an honors seminar on the social, anthropological, and historical origins of significant ideas in the mathematical and physical sciences. Ideas to be explored are the philosophical implications of zero and of infinity, the conflict of Aristotelian and modern concepts of science, the origins of calculus, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and current areas of research in mathematics and physics. The course will be taught in seminar form, emphasizing student reports and presentation. While the seminar will be reading and writing intensive, no significant prior background in either mathematics or science is needed. Prerequisite: ENGL-101 or ENGL-103, or may be taken concurrently. Also offered as MATH-125 and PHSC-125; credit only given once. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

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