HoST Fall 2011

Week of 12/6-12/8

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Assignment 13

Holy Guano!  Batman!

Photograph by Tomas Munita for NYT

Workers collect guano on Isla Gua–ape off Peru, which conserves the resource to

prevent depletion. Guano's status as an organic fertilizer has increased demand.



Updated: 12/7/11 8:19 AM



Final Project Resources and Description- The final project is fully described here, including format and timetable. 


For Tuesday


1-Read the following sections in Bown:  Here is a PDF that contains the following sections: Bown-Chs7-end [12.1 MB]

-Read all of Chapter 7.

-From Chapter 8, read the following snippets...

      pp. 171-178, which sets up the Nobel Prizes and discusses Nobel's inner conflicts.

      pp. 182-183


2- Read this article from the New York Times: Romero-NYT-GuanoPeru-428KB.pdf  4pp

For Wednesday


1-Read the following sections in Bown: [These are in the same PDF as above.]

- Look over Chapter 9.  Just get an idea about the naval battles that were waged over South American nitrates.

- Read all of Chapter 10 on Fritz Haber.

For Thursday


There will be a very short homework assignment for this last day..... I'll tell you about it on Wed.  It will basically be a very short presentation on your projects.  Each group should be represented by one spokesperson.  Be ready to describe the project and the roles of each member of the group if you are working in a group.  You should only need to speak for about 2 or 3 minutes.


Read these 3 short pieces:

- Andrew Ure: The Philosophy of the Manufacturers, 1835

- Friederich Engels: Industrial Manchester, 1844

- ChildLabor_And_FactoryGirl-968KB.pdf


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Interesting Sciencey News

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Artist's rendering of Kepler-22b


Kepler-22b – Earth II? 



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December 7, 1941

This is an interesting essay about Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of the attack.

I am reminded of both Nobel and Haber. 


Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy


Stephen Colbert and Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking about science, technology, ethics, etc.

Skip ahead to about 6:00 for the actual beginning of the discussion.

This is quite interesting stuff.  Colbert's jokes are at times, crazy-sophisticated. 

The Atom-Adam-Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil riff is pretty on-the-ball.