Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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English 101 Section B22. Writing About Math, Science and Science Fiction

This is an experimental co-requisite course with Prof. Bill Goldbloom Bloch’s The Edge of Reason FYS. (Technically, students in the Edge of Reason are enrolled in FYS in the Fall and English 101 in the Spring. Practically, we’ll do FYS on M and English 101 on W (or vice versa), for the entire year, with both professors attending both classes). To take this course, you must have taken Prof. Bloch’s FYS class in Fall 2014.

In this course students examine the many ways that writers can communicate mathematical, scientific and technical information to varied audiences. In the process of improving their own writing, students will learn to adapt the best techniques from sources that include science fiction dramatizations like Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon, literary works inspired by sophisticated concepts (including Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Library of Babel”) and explanatory works for general audiences such as David Foster Wallace’s Infinity and More.