|1||Course overview & introductory questionnaire||Semper, Robert J. “Science Museums as Environments for Learning.” Physics Today 43, 11, 50 (1990).|
Background on Assignment #1
Discuss article on science museum
Three science musuem reviews:
Parker, Kate. “From Chalk Pit to Treasure Trove.” IEE Review, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 159–160, July 15, 1999.
Rothstein, Edward. “Opening the Doors to the Life of Pi: Museum of Mathematics at Madison Square Park.” The New York Times. December 13, 2012.
The Museumist. “Exhibit Review: Harry Potter, at the Museum of Science and Industry.” July 15, 2009.
Elements of critical review writing: Purpose, audience, content, structure and style
Discuss science museum reviews
Three science book reviews:
Pinker, Steven. “The Known World.” The New York Times. May 27, 2007.
Eisenkraft, Arthur. “Book Review: Guesstimation: Solving the World’s Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin.” American Journal of Physics 76, 887 (2008).
Bloch, Heinz P. “Book Review: Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps.” Journal of Chemical Engineering, vol. 116, no. 3 (2009).
In-class workshop on museum review assignment in progress:
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Examining other kinds of critical reviews in science
Discuss science book reviews
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|6||Background on Assignments #2 and #3||No assigned readings|
|7||General principles for writing about science for the general public: A mathematician’s perspective||Gawande, Atul. “The Cancer-Cluster Myth.” The New Yorker. February 8, 1999.|
|8||Researching your topic||Campbell, Thomas A., Skylar Tibbits and Banning Garrett. “The Programmable World.” Scientific American 311, no. 5 (2014): 60-65.|
|9||Discuss science essay||No assigned readings|
|10||Discuss science essay||Greene, Geoffrey L. and Peter Geltenbort. “The Neutron Enigma.” Scientific American 314, no. 4 (2016): 36-41.|
|11||Using source material in your writing||No assigned readings|
|12||Discuss science essay||No assigned readings|
|13||Citing source material||No assigned readings|
|14||Illustrations in scientific & technical writing||No assigned readings|
|15||Writing workshop on science essays||No assigned readings|
|16||Background on Assignment #4||No assigned readings|
|17||Topic workshop||No assigned readings|
|18||Absracts & Budgets||No assigned readings|
|19||Writing workshop: Reviewing proposals||No assigned readings|
|20||Workshop on communicating through email||No assigned readings|
|21||Principles of effective public speaking||No assigned readings|
|22–25||Oral Presentations||No assigned readings|