A Short History of Science and Technology

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At the end of this module, the students will be able to understand and qualitatively apply some of the most important ideas and concepts in science and technology. The goal of this module is to show the impact of these ideas onto culture and society but also the other way around, to show how culture and society actually generate great minds having such profound ideas. After successfully completing this module, the students will be able to place their field of study into a much fuller and broader picture of recent human achievement in science and technology.
Verantwortliche Person:
Schuster Guido
Zusätzlich vorausgesetzte Kenntnisse:
  • Since the module is in English, a reasonable command of the English language is required
  • Since the formal language of science and technology is mathematics, reasonable command of the BMS mathematics is required
Standard-Modul für Elektrotechnik STD_05(Keine Semester Empfehlung)
Standard-Modul für Elektrotechnik STD_14(Keine Semester Empfehlung)


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Während der Prüfungssession:
Schriftliche Prüfung, ?? Minuten

Kurse in diesem Modul

A Short History of Science and Technology

The main goal of this module is to show what kind of interaction there is between culture and society and science and technology. To this end, the recent and powerful ideas of science and technology are presented during the lectures and the students will apply these ideas to real world problems during the practice session. There they will see how these ideas have shaped the world we live in and how the world the innovators were living in during their discoveries influenced their thought and approaches to particular problems. At the end of the module the students will have a much better appreciation for the achievements of these innovators in science and technology and furthermore will be able to place their own work within a much larger framework.
Plan und Lerninhalt:
  • Week    1    The development of calculus more than 350 years ago
  • Week    2    Newton’s law of gravity explains the motion of the stars
  • Week    3    The invention of imaginary numbers improves almost all of engineering
  • Week    4    The Gaussian distribution is everywhere and is the bedrock of statistics
  • Week    5    From traffic jams to music, waves describe the world
  • Week    6    Interpreting the world in the frequency domain allows for new insights
  • Week    7    Navier-Stokes explain the mechanics of fluids
  • Week    8    The secret of electromagnetic waves is unlocked by Maxwell
  • Week    9    The 2nd law of thermodynamics dominates everything in the long run
  • Week    10    Relativity theory has changed our understanding of the universe
  • Week    11    Quantum mechanics is strange but apparently true
  • Week    12    Information theory is at the heart of the Internet
  • Week    13    Chaos theory clearly shows that not all is predictable
  • Week    14    The Black-Scholes equation gives us a handle on the financial markets

Required Book: “17 Equations that changed the world” by Ian Steward


(Durchführung gemäss Stundenplan)

Vorlesung mit 2 Lektionen pro Woche
   - Max. Teilnehmer: 72
   - Harte Grenze: ja
Uebung mit 2 Lektionen pro Woche
   - Max. Teilnehmer: 18
   - Harte Grenze: ja