NEW! Now offering courses "On Demand."
We at Scientific American and NYU Tandon School of Engineering understand that everyone has different educational needs. So, we have tailored our program to accommodate both the personally curious and the professionally driven. Whether you’re a stargazer looking for an introduction to cosmology or an educator whose career demands a better understanding of online learning technology, we have options for you.
We now offer our courses in one of two formats: Active Learning (original format) and On Demand (self-paced study format). For specifics on each format, please visit About the Program.
The average life span is increasing across the globe, and with it the social and economic concerns of caring for an aging population. Dr. Brian Levine, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and expert on human memory, will explain the processes underlying healthy brain aging, how healthy aging is differentiated from dementia and how the major dementia syndromes are recognized.
Get an inside look at cutting-edge research in particle physics with Don Lincoln, PhD, who was on the teams that discovered the Higgs boson and the top quark. In this course, you'll gain a wide perspective of our modern understanding of the universe, beginning with a historical look at how scientists came to this understanding and moving into the exciting new theories and questions being explored using particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider. You'll also explore topics of dark matter and energy as well as the connection between cosmology and what particle physics can tell us about how the universe began.
Cosmic Frontiers offers an introduction to cutting-edge research in modern astrophysics and black hole physics from the front lines of those investigations. In the first part of this 2-part series, Pankaj Joshi, PhD and Senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, will take you through the important developments of the past decades. In Part I he will also discuss the implications of Einstein's theory of gravity, the need for a quantum theory of gravity, recent discoveries in black hole physics and other important topics.
Human memory is a multifaceted ability that is amazing, mysterious and, when it fails, disconcerting. When is memory failure normal and when does it herald brain disease such as Alzheimer’s? In this class, Dr. Brian Levine will discuss what we know about human memory processes according to the latest neuroscientific research, including how the brain processes and stores information, the role of autobiographical memory in understanding memory mechanisms, how memory fails due to aging and other conditions and what techniques work for improving memory function.
In Part II of this 2-part course, Dr. Pankaj Joshi will focus on cutting-edge research, theories and developments in astrophysics and cosmology today. Students will learn how black holes and space-time singularities arise, their unusual properties and relationship to other phenomena such as quasars. Dr. Joshi will also discuss how investigations into the gravitational collapse of massive stars relate to quantum gravity theory and the implications for our understanding of the universe.
Brain injury is a major public health issue, affecting people of all ages. Dr. Lynn Schaefer, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and brain injury specialist, will explain the different types of brain injury and the difficulties with thinking, memory, and behavior that may result from damage to the brain. Dr. Schaefer will discuss the neuropathology of brain injury and why certain brain regions are more vulnerable to injury than others. She will also describe both the cognitive and psychiatric symptoms of brain injury as well as the roles of the many rehabilitation specialists that care for people with brain injury. Finally, there will be a discussion about how to help prevent this “silent epidemic” of brain injury.