Dec 07, 2022  
Catalogue 2022-2023 
    
Catalogue 2022-2023
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RELI 160 - Uncertainty, Probability and Spirituality: Physics in Popular Culture


1 unit(s)
(Same as PHYS 160  and STS 160 ) This course examines the cultural history of key ideas and experiments in physics, looking in particular at how non-scientists understood key concepts such as entropy, relativity, quantum mechanics and the idea of higher or new dimensions. It begins with an assumption that’s widely accepted among historians – namely, that the sciences are a part of culture and are influenced by cultural trends, contemporary concerns and even urgent personal ethical or religious dilemmas. In this course we are attuned to the ways that physicists drew key insights from popular culture and how non-scientists, including religious or spiritual seekers, appropriated (and misappropriated) scientific insights about the origin and nature of the world, its underlying laws and energetic forces, and its ultimate meaning and purpose. Brian Daly and Christopher White.

Two 75-minute periods.

Not offered in 2022/23.

Course Format: CLS



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