This course is an updated version of the Fall 2017 course on how science and technology can go wrong. We will use the case study approach to learn about scientific and engineering failures because of political control of science, pseudoscience, bad science, and ignoring contradictory evidence. Topics include cold fusion, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster, Lysenkoism on Soviet agriculture, and Velikovsky and catastrophism. There will be selective readings for each of the topics and participants are encouraged to do more extensive reading on at least one of the topics. These are fascinating stories.
LEADER: Stuart Kurtz, whose current interests are in philosophy of science and time, has had a career in both science and engineering, and as a researcher in industry.
THURSDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 27 through November 15