Lifelong Learning On-Campus
Science under Attack (LLS 169)
Meets Tuesdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 - Dec. 15, 2015, exc. Nov. 24
Science Center, Room 128
It can be argued that for many decades nothing has marked American culture more than its commitment to and leadership in science, both theoretical and applied. Yet, scientific findings are constantly rejected or ignored by individuals and powerful groups who represent a wide spectrum of American society.
This course explores in particular the science of climate change and evolution, including the underlying math and statistics that make it comprehensible. What is the state of scientists' understanding in these areas, and how have their findings been received by the wider public?
The course also asks why those who reject or ignore the science do so. To what extent is it sheer ignorance, or misunderstanding of how science works?
No assumption is made that participants remember their high school math.
Deb Bergstrand, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Peter Collings, Morris L. Clothier Professor of Physics
Scott Gilbert, Howard A. Schneiderman Professor Emeritus of Biology
Part A (Oct. 13,20,27): The math and statistics that underlie scientific evidence
Part B (Nov. 3,10,17): The science of climate change and its denial
Part C (Dec. 1,8,15): The science of evolution and its denial
Participants may enroll in Part A and one other part, or all three parts. (Part A is mandatory.) If they choose to enroll in just two parts (not recommended), but change their mind during the course and wish to enroll in the third, they may do so if space permits.