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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2010

T C 125K • Perspectives on the Future

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43565 W
7:00 PM-9:30 PM
CAL 100
STOFF

Course Description

"Prediction is very difficult," wrote the Danish physicist Niels Bohr, “especially of the future.”  The topic of this year's Perspectives class is “The Future.”  We think about the future all the time—from the moment we wake up and consider the day before us to the moment we go to sleep and wonder what tomorrow will bring.  Despite Bohr’s cautionary note, some of us spend a good deal of time trying to predict the future, even trying to control it, but no one knows for certain what it will bring.  Still we wonder.  What will the world look like in a few hundred years?  Can we learn anything about the future from the past?  Why are some projections right and others laughably wrong?  Is the future worth our time in the here and now?  What is the future of space travel?  These and other questions, we hope, will spark lively presentations and even livelier discussion.

The Perspectives course, led by the director of Plan II, brings together a panel of faculty members from various disciplines to discuss their views on a given topic.

Panelists include:  Michael Stoff, Plan II Director/History; Betty Sue Flowers, English; Michael Starbird, Mathematics; Larry Speck, Architecture; David Sosa, Philosophy; Wallace Fowler, Aerospace Engineering

Grading Policy

Students are required to attend all eight class meetings and submit a short response paper in order to receive full credit.

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