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Udacity’s ‘Introduction to Physics’ course

Udacity’s ‘Introduction to Physics’ course

Took ‘Introduction to Physics’ course at Udacity. It is a beginner level course and I have skimmed through most of it. But what kept me going till the end is the extremely engaging way in which it is taught. Every lesson, you take one important Physics problem and try to solve it. You make progress…

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Read ‘Physics of the Impossible’ by Michio Kaku

Read ‘Physics of the Impossible’ by Michio Kaku

  ‘Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel’ explores the popular science fiction concepts in the light of hard scientific facts. In doing so the author explains scientific theories in a way that is very engaging and comprehensible for a layman. Along the way author alludes to interesting…

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Completed ‘Machine Learning’ from Coursera

Completed ‘Machine Learning’ from Coursera

Completed ‘Machine Learning’ course offered by Andrew Ng, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University. This course was offered through Coursera.org The course started on 23rd April and the duration was 10 weeks. It was an exhilarating opportunity to learn about this cutting edge field. The distinctive feature of the course was weekly programming assignments in Octave which were…

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Completed ‘Introduction to Logic’ from Coursera

Completed ‘Introduction to Logic’ from Coursera

Completed ‘Introduction to Logic’ course offered by Michael Genesereth, Associate Professor, Stanford University. This course was offered through Coursera.org The course started on 23rd April and the duration was 7 weeks. It was very well structured and the online proof editor were a treat to work with. The course also helped to the understand some of…

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Completed ‘CS101 (Introduction to Computing Principles)’ from Coursera

Completed ‘CS101 (Introduction to Computing Principles)’ from Coursera

Completed the ‘CS101 (Introduction to Computing Principles)’ course offered by Nick Parlante, Lecturer in Computer Science, Stanford University. The course was offered online through Coursera.org The course started on 23rd April 2012 and went on for 6 weeks. It was a introductory course and meant for people from non-IT background. Despite having two degrees in Computers, I still went…

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Free online courses from Top Universities

Free online courses from Top Universities

A revolution is underway in higher education. Top universities are offering their courses online for free through initiatives like: Coursera – Launched by two Standard University professors: Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng Udacity – Co-founded by Google Executive and Standard professor Sebastian Thrun edX – Joint venture by MIT and Harvard We already have a lot of…

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Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (book)

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (book)

  The book is about the travels of Micheal Lewis to western countries which are worst affected by the recent financial crisis. It explores how the crisis has devastated Iceland, Greece and Ireland; and its impact on Germany and US. The author sketches quite a few stereotypical characters from the countries he visited, I not…

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Microsoft Case Study for Disaster Recovery

Microsoft Case Study for Disaster Recovery

In 2007, I was working at Engro Chemicals Pakistan as ‘Applications Lead Team’. We had a major fire disaster at Head Office which destroyed the whole building along with the IT data centre. One aspect of my work on disaster recovery was published by Microsoft as a case study on their website. Following is the…

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