Course Material “Playful & Creative Science”
Doing academic research is a major component and educational goal of the Media Technology MSc program. This course offers a logical continuation of the course "Research Fundamentals". Whereas that course is more about commonplace science practices, "Playful & Creative Science" discusses unconventional, playful ways of doing science. The course is organized along three main steps in the scientific cycle: (i) asking questions; (ii) executing research; and (iii) formulating answers.
The objective of this course is to show how scientists have been playful and creative in those three mentioned steps. To achieve this, the course
- explains that scientists are less restricted to all kinds of rules, than often thought-and-taught;
- gives confidence to students to find own ways within science;
- helps students being playful along the above mentioned three steps in the scientific cycle;
- shows that scientists (sometimes do) produce other outputs than just scientific articles, and provides numerous inspiring examples of such "other" output.
Class attendance is compulsory and an active in-class attitude is expected of students. Lectures are combined with class discussions, homework assignments, and student presentations.
|Lecturers:||Bas Haring and Maarten Lamers|
|Teaching assistant:||Doroty Márton|
|Location:||room 413, Snellius building|
|Schedule:||see the Media Technology calendar|
|Level, credits:||level 500, 6 EC|
|Requirements:||- attendance in all classes
- a good grasp of verbal and written English
- active participation in class
- a completed bachelor degree
For a passing final grade,
|Communication:||Media Technology Forum and Blackboard.|
|Literature:||no book, selected reading materials.|
|Homework:||Homework must be submitted via the course Blackboard page before class on the due date.|
Tentative Course Schedule
|Nov 8||1||-||Teacher introduction.
Course introduction & history.
The research cycle.
|Nov 15||2||Read [Skinner]
|Unconventional methods (data)|
|Nov 22||3||T.b.a.||Unconventional methods (ad hoc)|
|Dec 6||5||T.b.a.||Unconventional output.|
|Dec 13||6||T.b.a.||Guest lecture.|
|Jan 17||7||T.b.a.||Project presentations|
Resources & References
Some of the online resources may only be available from the university network, due to copyright, licensing and subscription restrictions.
|[Andraka]||Jack Andraka (2013), A Promising Test for Pancreatic Cancer... From a Teenager, TED Talk, February 2013|
|[Broers]||Herman Broers (2008), Dokter Kolff, Kunstenaar in Hart en Nieren (in Dutch), Medisch Contact, December 15 2008|
|[Bryson]||Bill Bryson (2004), A Short History of Nearly Everything, Broadway Publishing (wikipedia)|
|[Feynman]||+ Wikipedia entry Richard P. Feynman, slightly mad genius and famous lecturer|
|+ Richard P. Feynman (1999), The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, Perseus Books (amazon.com)|
|[Fisher]||Len Fisher (2004), Weighing the Soul: The Evolution of Scientific Beliefs, Phoenix Publishing (Google Books, amazon.com)|
|[Jones]||Glenn Jones (2005), Restaurant Seafood Prices Since 1850s Help Plot Marine Harvests Through History, Texas A&M University, research in progress|
|[Kaswell]||Alice S. Kaswell (2003), Trinkaus: An Informal Look, Annals of Improbable Research, Vol 9(3), pp 4-15|
|[Levitt]||+ Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner (2005), Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, HarperCollins Publishers|
|+ Wikipedia entry Steven Levitt, rogue economist|
|[Milgram]||+ Jeffrey Travers & Stanley Milgram (1969), An Experimental Study of the Small World Problem, Sociometry, Vol 32(4), pp 425-443|
|+ Wikipedia entry Small World Phenomenon in which Milgram's "small world experiment" is described, and criticized.|
|[Morgans]||Julian Morgans (2019), The Story of the Couple Who Shagged in an MRI Machine for Science, article on Vice.com, September 5 2019|
|[Rosenhan]||+ D. Rosenhan (1973), On being sane in insane places, Science, Vol 179, pp 250-258|
|+ A good description of the Rosenhan experiments|
|+ Wikipedia entry the Rosenhan experiments|
|[Skinner]||B.F. Skinner (1960), Pigeons in a Pelican, American Psychologist, Vol 15(1), pp 28-37|
|[Vienken]||Jörg Vienken (2009), ‘Bioengineering for Life’: A Tribute to Willem Johan Kolff, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, Vol 24(8), pp 2299–2301|