June 03- June 22, 2013
Modern society is faced with many problems whose solutions will likely involve science and technology. These problems include the availability of energy (coal, nuclear, solar, wind etc.), global warming, radioactive materials, terrorist threats, weapon systems and space exploration.
This new course is a non-mathematical introduction to a variety of physics ideas that future leaders can use to solve societal problems. The approach is based primarily on Richard Muller’s books Physics for Future Presidents (ISBN-13: 978-0393337112) and Energy for Future Presidents (ISBN-13: 978-0393081619). There are no science or mathematics prerequisites for the course. All you need is a willingness to read critically and write critically.
The course will be taught by Jorge Ballester, Professor of Physics at Emporia State University.