ESP Biography
HENRY WILLIAMS, ESP Teacher
Major: CS/Physics/Math College/Employer: Columbia University Year of Graduation: 2022 

Brief Biographical Sketch:
Not Available. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)M878: All of AP Calculus BC in 2 hours in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
Watch me do in 120 minutes what took Newton his entire lifetime. I'm not joking, we will (attempt to) cover the entirety of this high school course in the period of two hours. AP Calculus is a lot of dumb formulas and bad presentations of really interesting and simple concepts. I hope that in this session you gain enough to excel if and when you are forced to take it. In addition, I hope you leave with an appreciation of what is ACTUALLY interesting about this really terribly designed course that many of us have suffered through.
H879: Should Capitalism End? in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
With the rise of both Democratic Socialism as championed by figures like Bernie Sanders, as well as the insurgent Populism of leaders like President Donald Trump, this question: "Should Capitalism End?" is the defining political conflict of our time. In 21st Century America, we live in an economic system which distributes resources according to the workings of free exchange through markets. Since the industrial and market revolutions in Europe in the 1800s, Capitalism has been the dominant organizing force of Western societies, and with the end of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, it appears unchallenged. This class will serve as an introduction to the theory of capitalism, and we will discuss the work of many great thinkers and economists: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, and Mark Fisher, among others. My goal is not to argue a particular political point of view, but instead to explore the fascinating and longrunning debate over how human societies should be structured  and to help you understand how this debate is deeply connected to your own life.
S738: Einstein's Annus Mirabilis in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
In this class we will investigate the four groundbreaking papers published all within one year (the miraculous year) which took Albert Einstein from a nobody patent clerk to a household name. In these papers, Einstein proved the existence of atoms, laid the groundwork for quantum mechanics, and unveiled his special theory of relativity.
M749: The Foundation Crisis in Mathematics in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
For centuries, mathematics was considered to be the most stable and deductive reasoning, which gives results with absolute certainty, it was
long believed that mathematical knowledge was beyond doubt. But at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, several developments shook our faith in the unshakable nature of mathematical reasoning. The emergence
of nonEuclidean geometry undermined absolute acceptance of the theory
of space and shape that had reigned since classical Greece. Gregor Cantor’s work on the nature of infinity forced us to rethink our sense of numbers. And Kurt Gödel’s incompleteness theorem cast doubt on the possibility of a completely wellgrounded notion of mathematical truth. In this class, we will explore the fundamental philosophical uncertainty in mathematics, and hopefully I will convince you that the math you have known and loved your whole life is built on shaky ground. This class will include discussions on the philosophy of math and whether it is grounded in the real world, or own minds, or somewhere far stranger.
M750: All of AP Calculus BC in 2 hours in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
Watch me do in 120 minutes what took Newton his entire lifetime. I'm not joking, we will (attempt to) cover the entirety of this high school course in the period of two hours. AP Calculus is a lot of dumb formulas and bad presentations of really interesting and simple concepts. I hope that in this session you gain enough to excel if and when you are forced to take it. In addition, I hope you leave with an appreciation of what is ACTUALLY interesting about this really terribly designed course that many of us have suffered through.
