Steampunk Physics

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“Love the machine, hate the factory.” That's a central motto of steampunk, the literary, social, and fashion movement that re-imagines the Victorian era as a time of creative technology and personal independence. But if you’re going to love the machine—really love it—then you need to know how it works. In this class, our gears aren’t just glued on; and our airships really fly. We will use vintage sources to learn about the science and technology of the time (topics include optics, mechanical advantage, energy sources, and buoyancy), and then use that knowledge to create wonderful things of our own devising. Appropriate attire will be de rigueur on certain class days, but fake British accents should be checked at the door.