Usually whenever a pop science course shows up at a college, it’s got something to do with fictional entertainment, such as the Walking Dead course or the Science of Batman. And while those two classes are pretty awesome in and of themselves, they probably aren’t that useful in everyday life, unless you’re just really into survival and crime fighting. But the Harvard and MIT-sponsored online university edX is now offering the course “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science” for any chefs looking to get a leg up, or learn some new skills.
Michael Brenner, an applied mathematician at Harvard, founded the course, and he has acquired a slew of other educators and successful restaurateurs to participate in the coursework videos. “The hope is that by combining these two different perspectives [science and cooking], you will gain a unique insight into how recipes work,” Brenner explained. “Not just the fancy recipes — but the recipes you make in your own kitchen.”