Learning Science through Cooking


Prerequisites: None

Load: 4:30 P.M. - 6 P.M. on Jan. 9 - 13 (Five 90-minute sessions over one week)

Time outside class: 1-2 hours total (optional)


Cooking is one of the most fascinating (and rewarding!) applications of science and engineering. Indeed, few people realize that even the easiest recipe (scrambled eggs) requires a working knowledge of important scientific principles spanning the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and many more. The goal of this course is to show this connection between cooking and science.

This course is designed to be a fun, hands-on experience in which students learn basic scientific principles by performing simple experiments with food. The first four lectures will cover ice cream making, chocolate tasting, naked eggs, rock candies and other fun activities. At the end of each lecture, the instructor will provide a connection between the lecture subject and some of the cutting-edge research happening at MIT. A private tour of nearby Taza Chocolate factory will be included.

This course requires absolutely no prior knowledge. The only requisite for this course is a passion for food, cooking and science.