** 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

E-reserve (2216af)

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.

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** ****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**: