First Week: The Birth of Time
#1 F 1/5 Course Introduction. Lahr/Pastor
Time of the Chosen. Pastor
Second Week: Listen to the Greeks
#2 M 1/8 Time and Music; Time measurement; 'D Duck in Mathmagic Land' video clip. Lahr
#3 W 1/10 A dance of time. Pastor
#4 F 1/12 Ritual, art, and mathematics; 'IQ' video clip I. Student Presentations/Discussion
Picasso's 'Three Musicians' and Time: paragraph due.
Third Week: Reckoning with Time: Philosophers and Mathematicians
No class Monday 1/15: Martin Luther King Day. Meet Thursday (x-hour, 12:00 - 12:50).
#5 W 1/17 Riddle of the Sphinx; Kylix; Greek time. Lahr/Pastor
#6 Th 1/18 Zeno's paradoxes; 'IQ' video clip II. Lahr
#7 F 1/19 Looking for cracks with the Sophists. Student Presentations/Discussion
Fourth Week: A World of Clocks
#8 M 1/22 Missing the point; What is Time? Why did Lonnrot fail? Pastor
#9 W 1/24 Galileo: time and space. Lahr
Thursday 1/25, 12:00-12:50 (x-hour): Exam 1
#10 F 1/26 Clocks: making and keeping time. Student Presentations/Discussion
Fifth Week: Harnessing Time
#11 M 1/29 Language and the power of time. Pastor
#12 W 1/31 Newton: time and space. Lahr
#13 F 2/2 Descartes/coordinates. Lahr
Sixth Week: A World of Reason
#14 M 2/5 Descartes, Frankenstein, and Goya. Pastor
Pick a definition of Time, and argue for it: paragraph due.
---See list of definitions of Time studied thus far.
#15 W 2/7 The Scientific Revolution: masters of the universe. Student Presentations/Discussion
No class Friday 2/9: Winter Carnival
Seventh Week: On Relativity and Gato Time
#16 M 2/12 Time, consciousness, and body. Pastor
#17 W 2/14 Einstein and relativity. Lahr [Class cancelled due to snow; add x-hour on 2/22. Lecture moved to Monday 2/19.]
Thursday 2/15, 12:00-12:50 (x-hour): Exam 2
#18 F 2/16 The 20th century: rethinking reality; 'Yellow Submarine' video clip. Student Presentations/Discussion
Friday, 2/16: topics for the Final paper will be announced: see bottom of Reading Guide Page.
Eighth Week: Time and the Fourth Dimension
Students will work on the first draft of their final, a library research paper, this week. Consult the page Research in the Dartmouth College Library for sources, tips, and assistance, including contact information for the librarians Ann Perbohner and Miguel Valladares.
#19 M 2/19 Einstein and relativity. Lahr
#20 W 2/21 Art and the fourth dimension. Pastor
#20 Th 2/22 4D metrics; hypercubes; timescape. Lahr [x-hour: 12-12:50; snow day make-up from 2/14.]
#21 F 2/23 Einstein's legacy, and models of time in 100 years of Solitude; Banchoff video. Student Presentations/Discussion
Ninth Week: Past, Present, and Elsewhere
#22 M 2/26 Playing with Time in 100 Years of Solitude. Pastor
Monday 2/26: first draft of final paper due; Jane Whittington, writing specialist, will read and comment.
#23 W 2/28 Smashing the clocks in 100 Years of Solitude. Pastor
#24 Th 3/1 Conclusions. Student Presentations/Discussion
Thursday 3/1, 12:00-12:50 (x-hour); no class Friday: pick up drafts.
Friday 3/2: Jane Whittington will return first drafts of final paper.
Tenth Week: Wrapping It Up
Students will meet with Jane Whittington 3/5, 3/6, 3/8, 3/9 to discuss their final paper. (optional)
#25 M 3/5 100 Years of Solitude: The teachings of a book of Time. Pastor
#26 W 3/7 Student Presentations/Discussion; Evaluations Lahr/Pastor
The final exam, a seven-to-ten-page library research paper from a list of possible topics, is due on Saturday, March 10, the first day of final exams, by 10:00 a.m. Be sure to clip to it your draft with Jane Whittington's comments. Take them to Dwight Lahr's office, 341 Kemeny.