Science as Art in Contemporary Theater, Fall 2013
Final presentations will be Saturday at 11:00am. Happy to have office hours this week to work with folks. Stay in touch--
Steve's Office Hours (Warner 402): Mon 2-3, Tues 11-12, Wed 1--2, Thurs 3-4, or by appointment.
Cheryl's Office Hours (MCFA 329): Tues and Thurs 3:15--4:15, or by appointment
Discussion Questions for review: Life of Galileo, Isaac's Eye, Copenhagen, Arcadia, A Number, A Disappearing Number, Five Hysterical Girls Theorem, Experiment With An Airpump, Lovesong of the Electric Bear
Schedule of Reading Assignments and Due Dates.
Sep 10: introduction to science and theater
Class: quantitative and theatrical encounter with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard
Sep 12: Reading: "The Starry Messenger" Bronowski (e-reserve) and Life of Galileo. (odd discussion questions due)
Class: scenes and discussion.
Sep 17: Reading: “The Majestic Clockwork,” Brownowski, and “Flawed Genius,” Djerassi and Pinner (e-reserve)
Class: LAB #1: Newtonian mechanics
Sep 19 : Reading: Isaac’s Eye by Lucas Hnath (even discussion questions due)
Class: acting/directing workshop
Sep 24: Reading: none. Lab #1 due (one report per group)
Class: scenes and discussion of Isaac’s Eye
Sep 26 : Reading: Copenhagen (odd discussion question due)
Class: discussion of uncertainty principle, complementarity, role of the observer in theater and quantum mechanics.
Oct 1 : Reading: “Entangling Space” from Greene, pp 77-98, but you don't have to stop reading (e-reserve)
Class: meet in Bi-Hall for demonstration of wave/particle properties of light.
Oct 3: Reading: none, but re-read Copenhagen and Green. Mini-lab due--(handout from class).
Class:scenes and discussion of Copenhagen
[Due date for response papers on Isaac’s Eye]
Oct 8: Reading: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (even discussion question due)
Class: discussion, classical versus romantic
Oct 10: Reading: Selections from Gleik (e-reserve)
Class: LAB #2, Fractals and Chaos. Meet in our regular space and BRING A LAPTOP if you have one.
[Due date for response papers on Copenhagen** postponed until Tuesday, Oct 15]
Oct 15: Reading: none
Class: scenes and discussion/video of Arcadia
Oct 17: Reading: A Number by Caryl Churchill (odd discussion question due)
Class: Guest performance and discussion
Oct 22: Fall Break
Oct 24: Reading: A Mathematician’s Apology by G.H. Hardy (email from me), with introduction by C.P. Snow (e-reserve).
[Due date for response papers on Arcadia--this is moved to Friday afternoon.]
Oct 29: Reading: A Disappearing Number by McBurney/Complicite (even discussion question due)
Class: workshop on devised theater and mathematical creativity
Oct 31: Reading: The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem by Rinne Groff (odd discussion question due)
Class: Scenes and discussion from both math plays
Nov 5: Reading: none
Class: Scenes and discussion from both math plays, continued. [Due date for Number Theory lab.]
Nov 7: Reading: An Experiment with an Airpump by Shelagh Stevenson (even discussion question due)
Class: scenes and discussion
Nov 12: Reading: none
Class: Scenes and discussion of Airpump
Nov 14: Reading: TBD:
Class: Science and Ethics Forum with Prof. James Davis (Religion) and Prof Glen Ernstrom (Biology), focusing on contemporary issues in genetics, fetal diagnostics, reproductive technology.
[Due date for response papers on Disappearing Number and/or Hysterical Girls]
Nov 19: Reading: short biography of Alan Turing by Andrew Hodges; also, Forward by Douglas Hofstadter (both on e-reserve under Life and Legacy of Alan Turing. )
Class: LAB: #5: Turing machines
[Due date for response papers on Airpump] (***extended until Thursday of this week***)
Nov 21: Reading: Lovesong of the Electric Bear by Snoo Wilson (odd discussion question due). This can be obtained from the playwright's webpage: http://www.snoowilson.co.uk/.
Class: Scenes and discussion of Lovesong
Nov 24: Special Event: Class trip to NYC to see The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence
Nov 26: class cancelled for NYC field trip.
Nov 28: Thanksgiving
Dec 3: Reading: "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" by Alan Turing (e-reserve). It's not long ,but focus on section 1, 2, 3, 6, 7--especially 6. Also--review Lovesong so that you are prepared to discuss it in class. (I noticed that the e-res verion of this article has the bottom line of the page occasionally chopped off. You can find copies of this article all over the web--it's quite famous.)
Class: The Turing Test as theater [Due date for Turing Machine lab.]
Dec 5: Discuss final presentations and assign groups
[Due date for response papers on Lovesong]
Dec 14: 7--10pm. Final Presentations: