Sunday, September 12, 2010

Art of approximation in science and engineering

An interesting-looking course taught by Sanjoy Mahajan. According to the website:
Simple reasoning techniques for complex phenomena: divide and conquer, dimensional analysis, extreme cases, continuity, scaling, successive approximation, balancing, cheap calculus, and symmetry. Applications from physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Examples include bird and machine flight, neuron biophysics, weather, prime numbers, and animal locomotion. Emphasis on low-cost experiments to test ideas and on fostering curiosity about phenomena in the world.
He has a working draft of an interesting reading book on the site.

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