Precision: History, Science, & Technology

HNR 350 - Precision: History, Science, & Technology

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2021
Class #: 34345
Section: M003
Credits: 3


Counts toward:
HNR Nat Sci, Interdisciplinary, Collaborative

Course Time(s):
TuTh 02:00pm-03:20pm

Link Hall 211

Course Description:

Most of us take precision for granted. A replacement battery you bought online fits in place perfectly with a click, bringing your laptop back to life… An inexpensive calculator gives results in 10 digits… A smartphone displays the exact time anywhere in the world at the touch of a button… What is precision anyway? Why is it needed? How did it evolve over centuries? How did it affect technologies, economies, societies? We will explore all these questions collaboratively during the course of the semester. You will do research on the underlying technology, science, statistics and societal impact of each week’s material. In groups, you will present and lead discussions on weekly assigned topics.


Textbook – required: Winchester, Simon. The Perfectionists – How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Harper, 2018.