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''Initial optional reading:'' ''Initial optional reading:''
-*Limits to Growth, The 30-Year Update by Donella H. Meadows, +*Limits to Growth, The 30-Year Update by Donella H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers & Dennis L. Meadows 2004
- Jorgen Randers & Dennis L. Meadows 2004+
*Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 2005 *Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 2005
*As the Future Catches You by Juan Enriquez 2000 *As the Future Catches You by Juan Enriquez 2000
-*Genetic Programming IV: Routine Human-Competitive Machine+*Genetic Programming IV: Routine Human-Competitive Machine Intelligence by John R. Koza et al. 2003
- Intelligence by John R. Koza et al. 2003+
*Consilience by E.O. Wilson 1998 *Consilience by E.O. Wilson 1998
*Redesigning Humans by Gregory Stock 2002 *Redesigning Humans by Gregory Stock 2002

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HST 508 - Biophysics 101

George Church, Ph.D. (HMS) Genomics, Computing, Economics, and Society


This course will focus on understanding aspects of modern technology displaying exponential growth curves and the impact on global quality of life through a weekly updated class project integrating knowledge and providing practical tools for political and business decision-making concerning new aspects of bioengineering, personalized medicine, genetically modified organisms, and stem cells. Interplays of economic, ethical, ecological, and biophysical modeling will be explored through multi-disciplinary teams of students, and individual brief reports

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Initial optional reading:

  • Limits to Growth, The 30-Year Update by Donella H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers & Dennis L. Meadows 2004
  • Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 2005
  • As the Future Catches You by Juan Enriquez 2000
  • Genetic Programming IV: Routine Human-Competitive Machine Intelligence by John R. Koza et al. 2003
  • Consilience by E.O. Wilson 1998
  • Redesigning Humans by Gregory Stock 2002
  • Scientific Conquest of Death 2004
  • Collapse by Jared Diamond
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
  • The Climate Of Man by Elizabeth Kolbert 2005
  • Widescale Biodiesel Production from Algae by Michael Briggs,
  • Synthetic Life by WW Gibbs 2004
  • Personalized medicine by Francis S. Collins 2005