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[http://www.registrar.fas.harvard.edu/Academic_Calendar.html 19-Sep to 24-Jan Harvard] [http://www.registrar.fas.harvard.edu/Academic_Calendar.html 19-Sep to 24-Jan Harvard]
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'''Course format:''' This year will emphasize one coherent team project (in contrast to the [http://arep.med.harvard.edu/101_00/101hist.html 2000-2003 focus] on problem sets then a small project at the end). This will be facilitated by a shared wiki and class discussion (including round robin to make sure all voices are heard). '''Course format:''' This year will emphasize one coherent team project (in contrast to the [http://arep.med.harvard.edu/101_00/101hist.html 2000-2003 focus] on problem sets then a small project at the end). This will be facilitated by a shared wiki and class discussion (including round robin to make sure all voices are heard).

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MIT-OCW HST 508 Harvard 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


First & Last Days of Fall Semester 7-Sep to 20-Dec MIT 19-Sep to 24-Jan Harvard

So we start Tue Sep 20 at 10 AM and end on Tue 20-Dec. Classroom location to be announced soon.


Course format: This year will emphasize one coherent team project (in contrast to the 2000-2003 focus on problem sets then a small project at the end). This will be facilitated by a shared wiki and class discussion (including round robin to make sure all voices are heard).

Initial optional reading: (These reading are intended to encourage out-of-the-box concrete discussion of important current problems with technological components. Some excerpts indicating connections will be posted here)

  • 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 ISBN 1402074468
  • Consilience by E.O. Wilson 1998
  • Redesigning Humans by Gregory Stock 2002
  • Scientific Conquest of Death 2004
  • Collapse by Jared Diamond 2005
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell 2000
  • The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki 2004
  • The Climate Of Man by Elizabeth Kolbert 2005
  • Widescale Biodiesel Production from Algae by Michael Briggs 2004
  • Synthetic Life by WW Gibbs 2004
  • Personalized medicine by Francis S. Collins 2005