ASTRO 182 - Interdisciplinary Topics in Astronomy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
2 - 4
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May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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How do science and science fiction help to shape our ideas about who we are, the function of our bodies, our relation to the nonhuman, our place to the universe and our engagements with the environment? To what extent are works of science fiction anchored in real science? How do scientists make imaginative leaps in their investigations that seem to mimic the imaginative leaps of science fiction? This course will give students the opportunity to explore these questions.

Since its emergence, science fiction has encouraged us to imagine possible futures toward which technological innovation might lead. The genre, initially given shape by Romantic critiques of Enlightenment thinking, has helped us to explore the imaginative possibilities enabled by science and the ethical implications of new technologies.

In this class, we will study how science fiction has brought into everyday language terms and tropes derived from the discourse of science—black holes and wormholes, warp speed and hyperspace, cloning and cryogenics, dark matter and anti matter, teleportation and terra-forming, cyborgs and androids, lasers and force fields, hive minds and the multiverse. This course gives students the opportunity to investigate the scientific roots and meanings of these concepts, while looking at the ways that these ideas are elucidated in sci-fi culture. As they learn about concepts and problems in contemporary science, students will study a range of a range of popular works (including novels, short stories, film, television, and comics) in which these scientific ideas are developed.

ASTRO 182 - Interdisciplinary Topics in Astronomy
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0553418025
The Martian : a novel, Author: Weir, Andy., Publisher: Broadway Books 2014
ISBN: 9780345404473
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? : the inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049., Author: Dick, Philip K., Publisher: Random House US 2008
ISBN: 9781524705701
Frankenstein : the 1818 text, Author: Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851,
ISBN: 9780262535427
Twelve Tomorrows., Author: Roush, Wade., Publisher: MIT Press 2018
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