Science & Cooking

This public lecture series discusses concepts from the physical sciences that underpin both everyday cooking and haute cuisine. Each lecture features a world-class chef who visited and presented their remarkable culinary designs:

Ferran Adria presented spherification; Jose Andres discussed both the basic components of food and gelation; Joan Roca demonstrated sous vide; Enric Rovira showed his chocolate delicacies; Wylie Dufresne presented inventions
with transglutaminase.

The lectures then use these culinary creations as inspiration to delve into understanding how and why cooking techniques and recipes work, focusing on the physical transformations of foods and material properties.

Classical Mechanics

Our exploration of the theoretical underpinnings
of modern physics begins with classical mechanics,
the mathematical physics worked out by Isaac Newton
(1642–1727) and later by Joseph Lagrange (1736–1813)
and William Rowan Hamilton (1805–1865). We will
start by taking a close look at Newtonian mechanics
and the integral concepts of force, momentum, and
gravity. Later, when we turn our attention to Lagrangian
and Hamiltonian mechanics, we will delve into potential
and kinetic energy, the principle of least action, and
chaos theory.

This course marks the beginning of a six-quarter
sequence of courses that will explore the essential
theoretical foundations of modern physics.
The topics covered will include classical mechanics,
quantum mechanics, the general and special theories
of relativity, electromagnetism, cosmology, and
black holes. While these courses build upon one
another, each course can be taken independently
as well. Both individually and collectively they
will let students attain the “theoretical minimum”
for thinking intelligently about modern physics.

Sponsored by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

Originally presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

Professor Susskind’s Book, “The Theoretical Minimum” now available:

Bioinformatics: Genomes and Algorithms

In this course, you will discover how computer science supports the interpretation of the text of genomes. Running the adequate programs, a computer may produce predictions on the location of the thousands of genes in a living organism and the functions of the proteins these genes code for.

You are not a biologist? Attending this course, you will be introduced to several entities and processes involved in the interpretation of the genomic texts: cell, chromosome, DNA, genome, genes, transcription, translation, proteins and many more.

You are not a computer scientist? This course is also an introduction to algorithms on character strings: pattern searching, sequence similarity, Markov chain models, or phylogenetic tree reconstruction are some basic algorithms which are implied in genome sequence analysis and will be explained.

You are neither a biologist nor a computer scientist? This course is a great opportunity to a joint approach to genomics and algorithmics, or if you prefer, to algorithmics and genomics.


A scientific culture will make easier the understanding of the notions studied.

Fin des inscriptions : 05 déc 2015
Début du Cours : 02 nov 2015
Fin des cours : 05 déc 2015
Effort estimé : 02:00 h/semaine

Le livre numérique – Bibliothèques en débat

Débat animé par Martine Poulain, directrice de la collection « Bibliothèques » aux éditions du cercle de la librairie.
Avec : Laurent Soual, auteur de Le livre numérique en bibliothèque, Consultant associé, Cabinet DoXulting
Guillaume de la Taille,responsable du Service du document et des échanges des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris
Emmanuelle Bermès, Adjointe chargée des questions scientifiques et techniques auprès du Directeur des services et des réseaux, Bibliothèque nationale de France

La bibliothèque se doit de jouer un rôle actif dans le domaine du livre et de la lecture numériques et assumer pleinement sa mission d’offre alternative à la diffusion massive et formatée de la culture et des connaissances par les industries des contenus et flux numériques. Les interrogations, réflexions et expériences des bibliothécaires en la matière sont désormais nombreuses. Pourtant, plus d’une décennie après le surgissement de l’édition de livres numériques, aucun modèle stable et reconnu par l’ensemble des acteurs de la chaîne du livre numérique ne s’est encore imposé.

D’autres débats sur le site de la BNF.