CS294-17:  Reading the Classics

Instructor:  Christos H. Papadimitriou 
Soda 689,  christos@cs, (510) 642-1559

Office Hours:  Wednesday 5-6pm

Meets:  Tuesdays 5:00-7:00pm, in Soda 320.

Units:  two.

Course  FormatPresentations by participants and discussion. 

Purpose:  Classics are written by people, often in their twenties, who take a good look at their field, are deeply dissatisfied with an important aspect of the state of affairs, put in a lot of time and intellectual effort into fixing it, and write their new ideas with self-conscious clarity.  I want all Berkeley graduate students to read them. 

Course Requirements:

1. Attend all meetings, read all papers, and participate in the discussion

2. Present (possibly in a group) one of the classics, and write a paper about it (including a summary of the presentation and the discussion).

Examples of classics: 

 

PS:  Some readings in the philosophy and history of science