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Chefs Teach Harvard Students Physics in the Kitchen

Curriculm Founder Ferran Adria

Curriculm Founder Ferran Adria

When I was in college at the University of Central Florida I took a class called The Physics of Super Heroes that used comic book series to parallel, explain and engage students in the laws of physics. I didn’t particularly like comic books but I thought the class would be easier than a regular physics class.

It seems I wasn’t the only student looking for the quantum equation explained in layman’s terms.

According to the NY Times, at Harvard University there is a course in the undergraduate catalog known as From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science, but instead of comic book characters, the class utilizes the kitchen to teach chemistry and physics fundamentals. Read the rest of this entry »

College Offers Zombie Apocalypse Class

zombieCan you imagine walking into class the first day of school and listening to your professor teaching you how to survive a zombie apocalypse?  Well, if you had enrolled in English 333 at the University of Baltimore, also known as “Zombie 101,” then this is exactly what you would be taking notes on.

Obviously, (hopefully) there is not going to be a real zombie apocalypse, and you don’t need to know the proper technique to kill one, but the class isn’t a complete joke, either.

“It serves as a back door into a lot of subjects,” explains Jonathan Shorr, chairman of the University’s School of communications design. “[Students] think they’re taking this wacko zombie course, and they are. But on the way, they learn how literature and mass media work, and how they come to reflect our times.” Read the rest of this entry »


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