The (Materials) Science of Life

Lead Instructor: Zoe Fisher


Time: Jan 24-28, 14:00-15:00

Location: TBD

Course Description:

A brief look at the science -- specifically, the materials science -- behind objects from daily life. From the organic origins of rubber to the complex phases of chocolate, this class will take a fresh look at the (perhaps seemingly mundane) materials you are constantly surrounded by. Chocolate sampling promised. 

Proposed schedule:
  • Introduction to chocolate history geographically (leads to materials available)
  • Molecular interactions to create chocolate
  • Phase diagrams of chocolate 
  • Sampling chocolate 
  • Rubber molecular interactions
  • Steel construction
  • Discovering ancient wine