ESP Biography



MAXWELL SHINN, ESP Teacher




Major: Neuroscience

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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Biomimetics and neuromorphic computing in Sprout Fall 18
Many people know that new inventions, such as the microscope and the x-ray machine, have led to major advances in our understanding of biology. But did you know that advances in biology have inspired new inventions? Through millions of years of evolution, nature has come up with many nifty ways to solve problems that we humans could learn a lot from. In biomimetics, inspiration is drawn from nature to approach questions in engineering, with innovations including photosynthesis-mimicking solar panels, self-healing materials, painless injections, jet airplanes and Velcro. Similarly, our growing knowledge of the brain has taught us how to design faster and smarter computers, and this is the basis for technologies which are used every day at companies like Google, Facebook, and Instagram. Join us on an adventure where we uncover how biology's secrets have empowered inventors to design new gadgets and inspired engineers to find new ways of designing computers.


Mathematics of the Mind in Sprout Fall 17
What is a "brain network"? How can algebra be used to help us understand mental illness? In this course, you will learn how neuroscientists use mathematics to understand data, design experiments, and interpret results. You will learn how some types of math can be used to tackle problems that neuroscientists grapple with each day. You will discover how we can use mathematical techniques to discover the human "connectome" - the full network of connections in the brain. This course assumes knowledge of mathematics up through algebra; additional themes, such as matrices and graph theory, will be developed during the course.


Mathematics of the Mind in Splash Spring 17
What is a "brain network"? How can algebra be used to help us understand mental illness? In this course, you will learn how neuroscientists use mathematics to understand data, design experiments, and interpret results. You will learn how some types of math can be used to tackle problems that neuroscientists grapple with each day. You will discover how we can use mathematical techniques to discover the human "connectome" - the full network of connections in the brain. This course assumes knowledge of mathematics up through algebra; additional themes, such as matrices and graph theory, will be developed during the course.