Module Identifier PH19510  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew Evans  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Professor Neville Greaves, Mr Martyn Jones  
Pre-Requisite None - module is highly suitable for non Physics students  
Co-Requisite None  
Mutually Exclusive None  
Course delivery Lecture   22 lectures  
Assessment Exam   End of semester examination   70%  
  Course work   Tests   30%  

Module objectives / Learning outcomes
After taking this module students should be able to:

Outline syllabus

History of Telecommunications
Pre-electronic communications
Telegraphy and Telephony
Radio and digital signals
The Internet
Information Storage
Electronic Processing


Before Chaos
What is Chaos?
Examples of Chaos
Dynamics and Stability


What is consciousness?
Enabling technology for a scientific description of consciousness
Sceintific revolutions affecting human consciousness
Geography of the human brain
Psychology or information transfer?
Artificial intelligence
The future

Brief description
This module reviews the factors responsible for the recent global information explosion, funnelled through the world wide communications network, and includes an introduction to planning and the business environment. Against this backcloth the new science of Chaos is finding applications: from understanding the spread of disease, to modelling the dynamics of the Stock Market and replicating the topology of the snow flake. Communication and Chaos are the twin driving forces of intelligent life where they are finding a new foothold in meeting the challenge of putting consciousness into the arena. Much is known about the electricity in the mind but practically nothing about how this supports awareness and personal identity.

Additional learning activities
Introductory skills for using the Internet and other electronic sources of information

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
J. Gleick. Chaos. Abacus
R. Penrose. The Emperor's Mind. Vintage
D. Ruelle. Chance and Chaos. Penguin
E. Shroedinger. What is Life: Mind and Matter. Cambridge
H. Rheingold. Virtual Reality. Mandarin
J. Bray. The Communicatrions Miracle: the telecom poineers from Morse to the Information Superhighway. Plenum
D. Peterson. Audio, Visual and Data Communication. McGraw-Hill
S. Jay. Ever since Darwin. Penguin
P. Teihard de Chardin. The Phenomenon of Man. Fontana/Collins