MATH 16
The Science of Star Trek Winter 2022

Cross-listed MATH 16 / PHYS 16

Class Details

Comprising thirteen motion pictures and six major television series, totaling over 500 hours of film, Star Trek has had a profound impact on pop culture and the scientific imagination. In this Winter Study course, we will board Star Trek as vehicle towards a critical discussion of science, technology, and their consequences to society. We will boldly question topics such as the nature of reality, the (uni/multi)verse according to quantum theory and general relativity, the origins of consciousness and the possibility and consequences of extraterrestrial and artificial intelligence. We will view select episodes and films from the franchise, discussing their basis in actual science and using them as a prism to understand issues facing us on Earth.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: short paper and final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: selection based on a small assignment and/or conversations with the instructors
Materials/Lab Fee: none
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MATH 16 PHYS 16

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