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Science from Superheroes to Global Warming


Provider
coursera

Price
Free

School
University of California, Irvine

Type
University

Instructor
Michael Dennin

Category
Physical Sciences

Duration
10 weeks

Format
Video

Language
English

Description
Have you ever wondered if Superman could really fly? What was Spiderman's spidey sense? How did Wonder Woman's invisible jet work? What does it really mean for something to be a scientific "fact"? Explore how science works and what constitutes "good" science through case studies drawn from a wide spectrum of people's experience, for example superheros, movies, and real world issues such as global warming. The case studies will provide the chance to act as science critics as the students develop a better appreciation for science and the scientific method. This course won the 2011 "Best OCW User Experience" Award from Education Portal and was featured in the New York Times.