ONLINE: This course consists of a series of interactive sessions dealing with the following questions: How do microscopes work? How do animals move? What is a gene? What do we know about the world? How does an egg become an organism? Which is cheaper, swimming, running or flying? Where should we look for life? What is the largest organism? How old is life? What is consciousness? In each session, the instructor will deliver an overview of one of the 10 topics followed by a discussion during which students may ask questions and delve into related issues. We shall investigate how the natural sciences underpin the biological sciences, and how organisms elaborate upon simple physical processes to accomplish their goals. We also will explore the feedback loop between biology and technology that is opening new vistas in biomedical and materials science. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 30.
Class sessions are recorded.
John Eylers has a Ph.D. from Duke in zoology plus 50 years of teaching experience in general biology, physiology and biotechnology as well as research into the biomechanics of echinoderm connective tissues. After postdoctoral studies at the University of Leeds, England, he taught in a number of universities in Georgia and North Carolina. He is particularly interested in fostering biological thinking among those engaged in other fields or those who just want to know what it means to be alive.