||Library Excursion I
Introduction to FYS
Philsophical Underpinnings of Science
Scientific Reasoning I: Fermi Estimates
Discussion on Philosophy of Science
|Angier paper on Fermi Estimates
Philo: Chapter 1
||The nature of intelligence
|Assign paper on philosophy of science
Exercise on "what is science"
Discuss Artificial Intelligence
First Draft of paper due
|Par: Chapter 5
Nobel Chapter 1,3
Robot Introduction & "Liar"
||Some historical and Fictional Women in Science
||Individual meetings about draft 2 of paper 1
Discussion about Meitner and Noether
Discussion about Susan Calvin and Madame Curie
Final version of paper due
Paper about a chosen scientist and Susan Calvin assigned
|Nobel Chapter 4, 2
Robot "Little Lost Robot" and "Escape"
||Some more recent Women in Science
||Small group discussion of draft of second paper
Discussion contrasting modern women scientists and Meitner,
Noether, and Madame Curie
|Nobel Chapter 11,15
||The Drake Equation
||Exercise on the existence of Extraterrestrials
Discussion contrasting modern women scientists and Meitner, Noether, and Madame Curie/Discussion on "The Evitable Conflict"
Discussion of Drake Equation
|Robot "The Evitable Conflict"
Paradigm's Chapter 6
||The search for other extra-solar planets
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence
|Discussion of search for extra-solar planets
Recent planet finding missions Kepler and CoRoT
|American: Looking for Planets by Dennis Overby
Nova Science Now: Hunt for Alien Earths
NASA Planetquest: Overview, Science - Finding Planets, and Science - Finding Life.
Video Podcast about Kepler Mission links to several formats in bottom half of page.
For Alien Life-Seekers, New Reason to Hope
First Results from Kepler Spacecraft: Press release and journal article
The CoRoT Mission
CoRoT's discovery of the smallest extra-solar planet yet discovered - Press Release and journal article. In the journal article, you are only responsible for the abstract, introduction, and discussion sections, though you may want to skim the rest of it and see what you can get from some of the graphs.
American: "Seeking Life as We Know It" by K.C. Cole
Nova Science Now: The Search for ET Scientists Reach Out to Distant Worlds by Natalie Angier
Searching for Good Science: The Cancellation of NASA's SETI Program
The New and Improved SETI
Speeches on topics related to finding extraterrestrial life