### Schedule and Assignments

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**Week One***"Monday" 3 January*: No reading. We will cover Feldman chapters 1 and 2 in class and go over the structure of the course.*Thursday 5 January*: Read:- Gleick, The Butterfly Effect, pp. 9-32. Do not read Gleick's Prologue. Possible discussion topics: what is science? The nature of scientific explanation(s).
- Why I just asked my students to put their laptops away by Clay Shirky. (No need to print this out.)
- Feldman, Chapter 0. A few pages that attempts to give an overview of chaos and fractals. This is mainly to orient you to the course. I have no plans to discuss this, but am happy to answer questions.

**Homework 1**, due Friday, January 6.

**Week Two***Monday 9 January*: Read- Gleick, Revolutions, pp. 35-56
- An additional reading on Kuhn that I'll send out via email.

*Thursday 12 January*: No reading. In class we will cover Feldman Chapters 4, 5, and 6.**Homework 2**, due Friday, January 13.

**Week Three***Monday 16 January*: No reading. In class we will cover Feldman chapter 7**First Paper Due***Thursday 19 January*:- Do exercise 7.8 from the textbook. You won't hand this in but we'll discuss it in class. The program you need is here.
- After doing this exercise, read Gleick, Life's Ups and Downs.

**Homework 3**, due Friday, January 20.

**Week Four***Monday 23 January*: Read "The Best Possible Time to be Alive", distributed via email.*Thursday 26 January*: First do exercise 11.3 part a. Then read "Universality" from Gleick. The program you need is here.**Homework 4**, due Friday, January 27.

**Week Five***Monday 30 January*: Read "The Experimenter" from Gleick. In class we will cover chapter 15 and part of 16.*Thursday 2 February*: Read "A Geometry of Nature". (Optional reading: a book review of Mandelbrot's memoir by Brian Hayes.)**Homework 5**, due Friday, February 3.

**Week Six***Monday 6 February*: Read Cloudy with a Chance of War, by David Berreby. In class we will cover Chapter 16 and do a mid-term check for the course.*Thursday 9 February*:**Fractal show and tell**. Watch Hunting the Hidden Dimension.**Homework 6**, due Friday, February 10.

**Week Seven***Monday 13 February*: Canceled due to blizzard!*Thursday 16 February*: No reading. In class we will cover parts of chapters 17 and 21.

**Week Eight***Monday 20 February*: Read Hilborn, Robert C. "Sea gulls, butterflies, and grasshoppers: A brief history of the butterfly effect in nonlinear dynamics." American Journal of Physics 72.4 (2004): 425-427. In class we will cover parts of chapters 17 and 22.**Second Paper Due***Thursday 23 February*: Read "The Dynamical Systems Collective" from Gleick.**Homework 7**, due Friday, February 24.

**Week Nine***Monday 27 February*: Read "Images of Chaos" from Gleick. In class we'll discuss the Mandelbrot set.*Monday 27 February 4:10 - 5:30*: Make up class due to 2/13 blizzard. Strange attractors.*Thursday 2 March*: Readings from*The Mathematical Intelligencer*, distributed via email.

**Week Ten***Monday 6 March*: Exhibition and presentations*Thursday 9 March*: Presentations and conclusion. Read Chapter 32 from the textbook and Corson's Inlet by A.R. Ammons.**Homework 8**, due Friday, March 10.