Monday, March 24, 2014

Coursera Review: Unpredictable? Randomness, Chance and Free Will.

In this series of posts, I will share some experiences from the on-line learning platform

Today: Unpredictable? Randomness, Chance and Free Will by Valerio Scarani from National University of Singapore.

1. What is the course about?

The course introduces the interface between modern Science (in particular Physics) and Philosophy with respect to topics around randomness, chance, and (un-)predictability. 

The course includes video lecturing, discussion groups and test quizzes.

Level: (Very) basic knowledge on quantum physics is helpful, although not a hard prerequisite; difficulty is like for 2nd or year undergraduate.

2. Who should use it?

2.1. University students in scientific disciplines like Physics as well as students with more humanitarian majors like Philosophy.

3. Who should NOT use it?

3.1. Students who do not like to cross boundaries between subjects and would prefer to stay focused on their classical major studies.

4. What is the best thing about this course?

It gives a unique perspective over a topic that is quite technical and at the same time very philosophically oriented.

5. What is the worst thing about this course?

Students who expect deeper information and more intellectually challenging content might be disappointed. The course is intended to be an introduction, and often ends by just providing links and hints for further resources.

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