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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 119 Great Breakthroughs

What are the greatest scientific or technological breakthroughs of human history? Students answer this question by learning and applying the scientific principles, the ingenuity, the technological and social context, and the repercussions of many great breakthroughs. The theme of the course is the debate and comparison of inventions, concepts, and innovators of different eras, from the dawn of recorded history to the present, from the printing press to YouTube, from the ballista to the atomic bomb.