2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Order and Chaos: Making and Breaking Rules in the Arts and Science

Revised Last Updated: 02/26/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Allen Mauney mathematics, history of science, Mark Harrison theatre, opera, film

Major areas of study include history of science and classical astronomy, theatre history, and performance studies.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on five Saturdays. First class Spring Quarter will meet in Sem2 C1105.

"There must be chaos in one's heart to be able to give birth to a dancing star."
--F. Nietzsche

Great developments in science and the arts-in fact all creative work-often occur at a tense juncture between the poles of order and chaos. This program will investigate how artists and scientists have creatively tried to make sense of their world and the major innovations that have occurred in the process.

In the Arts: By examining Greek and Elizabethan tragedy/comedy, opera, non-western theatre forms, and other great traditions in music, dance, film and visual art, we will explore how highly ordered classical forms and conventions emerged and how they have evolved through adaptation, subversion, and technology into new forms.

In Science: By examining the development of classical Greek astronomy through the Copernican Revolution, we will learn how the scientific method includes initially disordered data, highly ordered theories based on that data, new observations that supercede the original data, a collapse of order, and repeat of the process.

Fall will concentrate on the period up to Shakespeare and Copernicus. Winter will continue through the 19th century with focus on Newton, Darwin, Wagner, Chekhov and the advent of the moving image. Spring will cover developments to the present including modern physics, Brecht, and other developments in contemporary art.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 48

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in science and arts.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Expressive Arts, Scientific Inquiry, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 7th, 2008 Adjustment made to major areas of study.
August 26th, 2008 Added location of first class
November 17th, 2008 Winter quarter enrollment details added.
November 25th, 2008 Winter quarter enrollment details refined.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring Quarter class location added.
February 26th, 2009 Spring Quarter enrollment details added.