Specific points: continued political, economic, and legal reforms to establish a democratic, stable, open, and dynamic science and technology policy system; attract overseas Chinese scientists and scholars to return permanently or in short periods; use the economic recession to focus on energy and environment to create new jobs
I know him and his work; he was the Hixon-Riggs professor at Harvey Mudd several years before me.
He is known for arguing that technologies and artifacts sometimes will have political meanings separate from their creators
What’s point of the article on stereotypes?
Your self-perception matters in the learning process
Try to think of yourself as an investigator, not merely as a student
Two senior theses I supervised were published in scholarly journals
Are there bureaucracy and frauds in American science?
Yes, but perhaps not as serious as in China recently.
You can print double-sided
You should staple everything you turn in for each session
Videos on Edison and Ford available from Hao Jun
Too much materials and too little time?
Try to do as much as you can
Minimum: skim the reading assignments, fill out the worksheets, come to class, watch the videos, write video reviews, and turn in 2-page term paper and 2-page final exam.
More advanced students: try to do more of the readings and write longer term papers and final exams
There is no better class to practice “intentional learning” than this class: if you put in minimum efforts you will pass, and you can practically do whatever you want to achieve your learning objectives.
What should I do if I want to explore the subject further?
Go to some of the links from the course website
www.nytimes.com has a very good science section
Get my book 《在卫星的阴影下》！
Why don’t we have a golden age of tech development?
Actually today is a remarkable era of tech development; best period in 5000 years of Chinese history; leap-frog strategy; still many problems of course
How to Improve Your English?
Try to pay attention not only to the information but also to the grammar and style when you read English articles;
Try to read English publications regularly;
Try to write a three-sentence summary of an article after you read it without looking at it, and then read it again
Second, third, and fourth paragraphs: support your main point from three different aspects or with three different examples.
Fifth paragraph: summarize your main point again and tell the reader how your examples have supported your main point.
Topic: Atomic Bomb as a Technological System
First paragraph: Start with the fact (I believe) that the atomic bomb project used more electricity than the auto industry at Detroit, then state your argument that the Manhattan Project was, like the auto industry, a technological system
2nd, 3rd, and 4th paragraph: network of installations, management structure/role of government, science and technology working together
5th paragraph: Manhattan was not only a technological system, but represented a new kind of technological system.