Introductory Topics in Science and Technology

Sarah Hager
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2024S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04938


Mathematics for Cross-Disciplinarity II

“There's a secret world out there. A hidden parallel universe of beauty and elegance, intricately intertwined with ours. It's the world of mathematics. And it's invisible to most of us.”

– Edward Frenkel; ‘Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality’

This course is a hands-on and playful introduction to quantitative reasoning that invites students to step into a creative space of relational thinking. It is light on formalities and formulas, but rather heavy on conceptual ideas that power major scientific processes like vaccine random control trials, climate assessment models, and measures of risk and uncertainty. In this course, students should not expect to learn how to do mathematics – but rather why to do mathematics. Along the way several ‘big ideas’ that are helpful for coming to terms with later courses in the ‘science and technology’ and ‘economy and politics’ tracks are seeded.

Examination Modalities

Assessment by active participation; kindly note that attendance over 80% is strictly required


1)This course follows on from the Mathematics for Cross-Disciplinarity which was held in WS2023-24. However, it is possible to join the course without having taken the first section.

2)Students from other study programs or other universities are welcome, provided the room capacity permits.


06 March 2024, 09:00–12:00 CDS Lecture Room
11 March 2024, 13:00–17:00 CDS Lecture Room
12 March 2024, 13:00–17:00 CDS Lecture Room

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00 to 10 March 2024, 23:59
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Foundation 700/002.10

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening / Application 700/002.20

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 1-3: Study Area 2: Science and Technology 569/020.02

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible