### Schedule and Assignments

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**Week One***Monday 8 January*: No reading. We will cover Feldman chapters 1 and 2 in class and go over the structure of the course.*Thursday 11 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.)
- Addiction, accommodation, and better solutions to the laptop problem by Michelle Miller.
- Optional: Feldman, Chapter 0. A few pages that attempt 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 in or outside of class.

**Homework 1**, due Friday, January 12.

**Week Two***Monday 15 January*: No reading. In class we will cover Feldman Chapters 4, 5, and 6.*Thursday 18 January*: Read- Gleick, Revolutions, pp. 35-56
- An additional reading on Kuhn that I'll send out via email.

**Homework 2**, due Friday, January 19.

**Week Three***Monday 22 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.
*Thursday 25 January*:- Read "The Best Possible Time to be Alive", distributed via email.

**Homework 3**, due Friday, January 26.

**Week Four***Monday 29 January*:- First do exercise 11.3 part a.
- Then read "Universality" from Gleick. The program you need is here.

**First Paper**due Monday, Jan 29.*Thursday 1 February*- Read "The Experimenter" from Gleick.
- In class we will cover chapter 15 and part of 16.

**Homework 4**, due Friday, Feb 2.

**Week Five***Monday 4 January*- Read "A Geometry of Nature" from Gleick.
- Read a book review of Mandelbrot's memoir by Brian Hayes.
- In class we will cover Chapter 16 and I will talk a bit about the renormalization group.

*Thursday 2 February*- Read Cloudy with a Chance of War, by David Berreby.
- In class we'll do the mid-term check-in for the course.

**Homework 5**, due Friday, February 3.

**Week Six***Monday 6 February*:*Thursday 9 February*- In class we'll cover Chapter 23.
**Homework 6**, due Friday, February 16.

**Week Seven***Monday 13 February*: No reading. In class we will cover Julia Sets for complex functions and the chaos game.*Thursday 16 February*: Read Images of Chaos, from Gleick. Bring a Julia set to class. In class we'll discuss the Mandelbrot set.**Homework 7**, due Friday, February 23.

**Week Eight***Monday 26 February*: Read Strange Attractors from Gleick.*Thursday 1 March*: Read "The Dynamical Systems Collective" from Gleick?**Homework 8**, due Friday, March 2.