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Fall 2017-2018
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Princeton and the Dawn of the Information Age

H. Vincent Poor

Princeton and Princetonians have played foundational roles in creating the information technologies - computers, smart phones, and the Internet, for example - that help to define today's world. This seminar will both introduce students to some of the basics of information technologies and emphasize Princeton's role in the development of these technologies. The seminar will examine the contributions of pioneers such as Alan Turing, John Von Neuman, Claude Shannon, John Bardeen, and Robert Kahn, among others, to information technologies. The material will be presented at a level suitable for students with general backgrounds.

Sample reading list:
Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma
Johnstone, We Were Burning
MacRae, John Von Neumann: The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Mo

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly homework assignments and a 10-to-12-page final research paper due on Dean's Date

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to First Year Undergraduates Only.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23461 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Wilcox Hall   208   Enrolled:9 Limit:15 Closed