HONORS 352 - Honors Introduction to Research in the Natural Sciences
Section: 001 Cyberscience: Computational Science and the Rise of the Fourth Paradigm
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Other:
Honors
Waitlist Capacity:
99
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In the last half of the 20th century, the role of computation in the sciences grew rapidly, driven by advances in silicon-based processors, fiber-optic networks, a host of numerical algorithms, and sets of standard protocols for processing and exchanging data. Much of this digital technology now permeates everyday life. Building on these and emerging technologies, the 21st century is poised to unleash a new, data-intensive paradigm of scientific discovery that will dramatically enhance the scope and scale of data capture, curation, and analysis. In this new (4th) paradigm, cures for cancer might be found by the collective investigations of agents computing "in the cloud”.

This course will invite students to explore the social and technical development of computing for the sciences, from the ENIAC through the top-500 list of supercomputers and on to Amazon's EC2. Through a selection of readings, discussions with invited guests, and first-hand experimentation, students in the course will learn about an assortment of technologies that underlie modern scientific inquiry, investigate their use by UM cyber-scientists, and gain an appreciation of the fiscal, political and social challenges imposed by this growing area of scholarship.

Grades will be based on the following set of activities: Participation – 10%; Two Essays - 40%; Quizes - 15%; Code Project – 15%; Group Project - 20%.

Textbook (not ordered through bookstores): The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery [Paperback]
Eds., Tony Hey, Stewart Tansley, Kristin Tolle
The book is available for free download at www.fourthparadigm.org and it can be purchased in paperback from Amazon for $39, or $0.99 for the kindle reader version.
Publisher: Microsoft Research (October 16, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0982544200
ISBN-13: 978-0982544204

For more information, contact Prof. August (Gus) Evrard, evrard@umich.edu.

HONORS 352 - Honors Introduction to Research in the Natural Sciences
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
46290
Open
15
21LSA Hnrs
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: long title -- Cyberscience: Computational Science and the Rise of the Fourth Paradigm
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Note:
The textbook is available for free download at www.fourthparadigm.org and it can be purchased in paperback from Amazon for $39, or $0.99 for the kindle reader version. 
 
The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery [Paperback] 
Eds., Tony Hey, Stewart Tansley, Kristin Tolle 
 
Publisher: Microsoft Research (October 16, 2009) 
ISBN-10: 0982544200 
ISBN-13: 978-0982544204
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