Now that the summer session has mostly wrapped up at Cornell, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my experiences teaching the history of science and mathematics. I recently finished teaching a 3-week course called “Science, Technology, and Politics,” a version of which I also taught last summer. The course this year was different in many ways, including its suddenly online format, yet much was also the same. Many students struggled to work through the same kinds of questions and analyses that challenged last year’s students as well.
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We are grateful to David Orenstein for sharing with us a letter from Bertrand Russell's time in prison, which links thematically to our Mathematics in Times of Crisis conference. The notes below the link come from David himself.