# Search result: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2019

GESS Science in Perspective Only the topics listed in this paragraph can be chosen as GESS Science in Perspective. Further below you will find the "type B courses Reflections about subject specific methods and content" as well as the language courses. 6 ECTS need to be acquired during the BA and 2 ECTS during the MA Students who already took a course within their main study program are NOT allowed to take the course again. | ||||||

Type B: Reflection About Subject-Specific Methods and Contents Subject-specific courses: Recommended for doctoral, master and bachelor students (after first-year examination only). Students who already took a course within their main study program are NOT allowed to take the course again. These course units are also listed under "Type A", which basically means all students can enroll | ||||||

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Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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851-0144-20L | Philosophical Aspects of Quantum PhysicsParticularly suitable for students of D-CHAB, D-PHYS | W | 3 credits | 2S | R. Renner | |

Abstract | This course provides an introduction to philosophical issues about quantum physics. In particular, we will examine key concepts (such as locality and time) and different interpretations of quantum mechanics (such as the many-worlds interpretation). | |||||

Learning objective | By the end of the course students are able to describe and compare different interpretations of quantum mechanics. They have the necessary background to identify and examine features and problems of interpretations and, more generally, of key concepts of quantum physics, such as the transition between quantum and classical systems. The course is part of ETH's "Critical Thinking"-Initiative. It provides students an opportunity to see how established knowledge can be challenged. Giving a presentation and actively participating in discussions (both verbally and in writing) is key to a successful completion of the course. | |||||

851-0125-65L | A Sampler of Histories and Philosophies of MathematicsParticularly suitable for students D-CHAB, D-INFK, D-ITET, D-MATH, D-PHYS | W | 3 credits | 2V | R. Wagner | |

Abstract | This course will review several case studies from the ancient, medieval and modern history of mathematics. The case studies will be analyzed from various philosophical perspectives, while situating them in their historical and cultural contexts. | |||||

Learning objective | The course aims are: 1. To introduce students to the historicity of mathematics 2. To make sense of mathematical practices that appear unreasonable from a contemporary point of view 3. To develop critical reflection concerning the nature of mathematical objects 4. To introduce various theoretical approaches to the philosophy and history of mathematics 5. To open the students' horizons to the plurality of mathematical cultures and practices | |||||

851-0101-86L | Agent-Based Modeling and Social System Simulation Number of participants limited to 100. Prerequisites: Basic programming skills, elementary probability and statistics. | W | 3 credits | 2S | N. Antulov-Fantulin | |

Abstract | This course introduces mathematical and computational models to study techno-socio-economic systems and the process of scientific research. Students develop a significant project to tackle techno-socio-economic challenges in application domains of complex systems. They are expected to implement a model and communicating their results through a seminar thesis and a short oral presentation. | |||||

Learning objective | The students are expected to know a programming language and environment (Python, Java or Matlab) as a tool to solve various scientific problems. The use of a high-level programming environment makes it possible to quickly find numerical solutions to a wide range of scientific problems. Students will learn to take advantage of a rich set of tools to present their results numerically and graphically. The students should be able to implement simulation models and document their skills through a seminar thesis and finally give a short oral presentation. | |||||

Content | Students are expected to implement themselves models of various social processes and systems, including agent-based models, complex networks models, decision making, group dynamics, human crowds, or game-theoretical models. Part of this course will consist of supervised programming exercises. Credit points are finally earned for the implementation of a mathematical or empirical model from the complexity science literature and the documentation in a seminar thesis. | |||||

Lecture notes | The lecture slides will be presented on the course web page after each lecture. | |||||

Literature | Literature, in particular regarding computer models in the (computational) social sciences, will be provided in the course. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | The number of participants is limited to the size of the available computer teaching room. The source code related to the seminar thesis should be well enough documented. Good programming skills and a good understanding of probability & statistics and calculus are expected. | |||||

851-0144-07L | The Infinite in Philosophy and in the Exact Sciences: Logic, Mathematics, Physics Number of participants limited to 40. Particularly suitable for students of D-MATH, D-PHYS | W | 3 credits | 2S | G. Sommaruga | |

Abstract | On the one hand, the topic of the infinite will be dealt with historically by discussing philosophical texts, by e.g., Kant, Bolzano and Cantor. On the other hand, the topic will be treated from a (non-historical) scientific point of view: the point of view of logic, mathematics, and physics. | |||||

Learning objective | To get acquainted with different types of the infinite; to study what is intriguing or problematic about the infinite; to inquire whether these different types of the infinite have (important) features in common. |

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