The Great Magnet, the Earth
This site provides a non-mathematical introduction to the magnetism of the Earth, the Sun, the planets and their environments, following a historical thread. In 1600, four hundred years ago William Gilbert, later physician to Queen Elizabeth I of England, published his great study of magnetism, "De Magnete"--"On the Magnet". It gave the first rational explanation to the mysterious ability of the compass needle to point north-south: the Earth itself was magnetic. "De Magnete" opened the era of mo
New SMU legal center for victims of crimes against women
Ray L. and Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt have committed $5 million to provide a new resource for legal assistance to the North Texas community and opportunities for SMU law students to gain practical experience. The gift will create the JUDGE ELMO B. HUNTER LEGAL CENTER for Victims of Crimes Against Women, named in honor of Mrs. Hunt's father. The new legal center at SMU's Dedman School of Law will provide services for the victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking and other crimes against women. Re
Introduction to Crossing Borders
An introduction to the Crossing Borders exhibition. The exhibition tells the story of how Jews, Christians and Muslims have contributed to the development of the book.
16. Population in Traditional China
Global Problems of Population Growth (MCDB 150) China's early demographic history is similar to that of Europe; population grows only slowly due to war, disease and Malthusian resource limitation. Later, introduction of American foods allowed cultivated land to expand, but population expanded even more rapidly, leading to an extremely dense, but poor population. During this time, female infanticide was frequent, but almost all surviving girls got married. Within marriage, their fertility rate w
Once Upon a Time with Barry Qualls
Tell me a story. Why is storytelling a nearly universal human phenomenon? Is a world without stories human at all? We use stories to explain our beginnings, memorialize our past, and discover meaning—including our own. We begin our lives hearing stories, and we live our lives by understanding the stories of others and creating new ones. Yet, as Thomas Carlyle once proclaimed, storytelling has "an alarming relationship to lying"; parents, wanting to teach honesty, caution their children, "
17.869 Political Science Scope and Methods (MIT)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to a variety of empirical research methods used by political scientists. The primary aims of the course are to make you a more sophisticated consumer of diverse empirical research and to allow you to conduct sophisticated independent work in your junior and senior years. This is not a course in data analysis. Rather, it is a course on how to approach political science research.
15.075 Applied Statistics (MIT)
This course is an introduction to applied statistics and data analysis. Topics include collecting and exploring data, basic inference, simple and multiple linear regression, analysis of variance, nonparametric methods, and statistical computing. It is not a course in mathematical statistics, but provides a balance between statistical theory and application. Prerequisites are calculus, probability, and linear algebra. We would like to acknowledge the contributions that Prof. Roy Welsch (MIT), Pro
Engineering a Broken Heart
The heart is a miraculous muscle. Yet every year for over one million people this vital organ quits. Heart muscle damage, most commonly caused by a heart attack, can lead to heart failure when the organ forms scar tissue rather than growing new muscle tissue. UW researchers, led by bioengineer and physician Charles Murry, are merging engineering technology, stem cells and medicine to regenerate heart muscle. The team recently published a significant breakthrough that brings us closer to addressi
Lecture 1: Introduction to the Jenkin Lecture
Patron of the Centenary, Lord Jenkin of Roding's inaugural Centenary lecture. Lord Jenkin of Roding, the grandson of the first Professor of Engineering Science at Oxford University, Frewen Jenkin, formally launched Oxford's Centenary of Engineering Science on 15th September 2007. In his introduction to The Jenkin Lecture Lord Roding, Patron of the Centenary, shared his recollections of his grandfather Frewen Jenkin - who was elected Oxford's first Professor of Engineering Science in 1908.
From Experimental Physics to Internet Entrepreneurship: One Scientist’s Journey
Few better personify the vitality and ambition fueling China’s economic surge than Charles C-Y Zhang. In this energetic and revelatory talk, Zhang relates his personal evolution from MIT physicist to leading Chinese entrepreneur.
An industrious student from a poor family, Zhang was one of the fortunate few in hi
Introduction to OO Programming in Java - Classes and arithmetic
This visual aid forms part of the "Classes and arithmetic" topic in the Introduction to OO Programming in Java module.
Ocean Acidification Symposium - The metal isotope toolbox: a case study in the Southern Ocean
The Ocean Acidification Symposium was presented by the Centre for Chemical and Physical Oceanography, in November of 2012. The day-long symposium featured brief presentations from a wide range of researchers, of which this is one: Dr Melanie Gault-Ringold explores the role of bioactive metals in the lives of southern Ocean phytoplankton. This talk looks at the role of cadmium and other metals, and how southern ocean phytoplankton differ form their northern cousins
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence - Introduction to Problem Solving as Search
This tutorial forms part of the "Introduction to Problem Solving as Search" topic in the Introduction to Artificial Intelligence module.
RSC 2014 Conference: Refugee Voices: Panel 3 – Refugees from Burma/Myanmar
RSC 2014 Conference: Refugee Voices. Lectures by Matthew Wilch; Zo Tum Hmung; Victoria Jack. Recorded on 24 March 2014 at St Anne's College, University of Oxford. This recording begins with a talk from Matthew Wilch (Refugee Policy Advisor, US Conference of Catholic Bishops) and Zo Tum Hmung (Chin community activist) on 'The Chin seeking refuge in Mizoram State, India: a roundtable approach to refugee protection'. Victoria Jack (University of Newcastle, Australia) follows with a talk on 'Commun
1.3 Social problems and social policy Whether social problems emerge as issues of social justice or social order, they are usually associated with the idea that ‘something must be done’. Social problems represent conditions that should not be allowed to continue because they are perceived to be problems for society, requiring society to react to them and find remedies. Where private troubles are matters for the individuals involved to resolve, public issues or social problems demand a public response. The range of possib
Whether social problems emerge as issues of social justice or social order, they are usually associated with the idea that ‘something must be done’. Social problems represent conditions that should not be allowed to continue because they are perceived to be problems for society, requiring society to react to them and find remedies. Where private troubles are matters for the individuals involved to resolve, public issues or social problems demand a public response. The range of possib
2.71 Optics (MIT)
This course is an introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications. Topics covered include geometrical optics: ray-tracing, aberrations, lens design, apertures and stops, radiometry and photometry; wave optics: basic electrodynamics, polarization, interference, wave-guiding, Fresnel and Faunhofer diffraction, image formation, resolution, and space-bandwidth product. Emphasis is on analytical and numerical tools used in optical design. Graduate students are required to com
21F.301 French I (MIT)
21F.301/351 offers an introduction to the French language and culture with an emphasis on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical concepts through active communication. The course is conducted entirely in French, and students interact in French with their classmates from the very beginning. They also receive exposure to the language via a variety of authentic sources such as the Internet, audio, video and printed materials which help them develop cultural awareness as well as linguistic pr
105 Minutes to Learn French
Learn French in 105 minutes? This is the creator's title, but of course, one can not learn French in such a short time. However, with this video, one can get a head start with some of the vocabulary words. The words are highlighted by a transparent red bar or red circle. The words are said once by a native speaker and there is no English definition, but the red indicators tell you what the words mean. (01:45:21)
Oscar Wilde Biography, Part 3 of A&E Biography. In 1883, Wilde arrived in Paris and "put his aesthetic posing behind him." He wrote the play “The Duchess of Padua” for Mary Anderson; she turns it down. He goes back to London and continues to lecture. There he meets Constance Lloyd and marries her. Apparently unaware of his homosexuality, they have two sons, Cyril in 1885 and Vyvyan in 1886. At 32 he accepts a job as an editor with a popular magaz
A&E Biography. In 1883, Wilde arrived in Paris and "put his aesthetic posing behind him." He wrote the play “The Duchess of Padua” for Mary Anderson; she turns it down. He goes back to London and continues to lecture. There he meets Constance Lloyd and marries her. Apparently unaware of his homosexuality, they have two sons, Cyril in 1885 and Vyvyan in 1886. At 32 he accepts a job as an editor with a popular magaz
2.96 Management in Engineering (MIT)
This course serves as an introduction to engineering management. Topics include financial principles, management of innovation, engineering project planning and control, human factors, career planning, patents, and technical strategy. The case study method of instruction in this course emphasizes student participation in class discussion. This class was also offered in Course 13 (Department of Ocean Engineering) as 13.52. In 2005, ocean engineering subjects became part of Course 2 (Department