HCC HarvardX Discussion Group: Science & Cooking
From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science
HCC HarvardX Discussion Group
About the course, from HarvardX
Top chefs and Harvard researchers explore how everyday cooking and haute cuisine can illuminate basic principles in physics and engineering. During each week of this course, chefs reveal the secrets behind some of their most famous culinary creations – often right in their own restaurants. Inspired by such cooking mastery, the Harvard team will then explain the science behind the recipe.
Topics will include: How molecules influence flavor; The role of heat in cooking; and, Diffusion, revealed by the phenomenon of spherification, the culinary technique pioneered by Ferran Adrià.
You will also have the opportunity to become an experimental scientist in your very own laboratory — your kitchen. By following along with the engaging recipe of the week, taking precise measurements, and making skillful observations, you will learn to think like both a cook and a scientist. The lab is certainly one of the most unique components of this course — After all, in what other science course can you eat your experiments?
Course leaders are: Michael Brenner (Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, Harvard University), David Weitz (Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University), and Pia Sörensen (Preceptor in Science and Cooking, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University).
About the HCC Discussion Group
Harvard University alumni and your guests are welcome and encouraged to join the HCC HarvardX discussion group. Our discussions are open, respectful and spirited. For the Science & Cooking course, there are no background requirements, however it will include some basic chemistry and physics concepts. Registration is an easy, 2-step process:
Meetings will be held on the following 4 Wednesdays*:
Wednesday, February 1st
- Covering weeks 1-2 of course
Wednesday, February 15th
- Covering weeks 3-4 of course
Wednesday, March 1st
- Covering weeks 5-6 of course
Wednesday, March 8th CANCELLED
Wednesday, March 22nd
Wednesday, April 5th
Wednesday, April 2th
*Once we get started, the group may add more dates as needed to cover all material
Click here to REGISTER for the discussion group!!!
When: Wednesday, 02/15/17 at 5:30pm - 7:00pm | iCal
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