Lost Lessons

lost_universityI’m sitting here recovering from last night’s event (more later), which, when you clear away the details (and the large amount of left over food, huge number of dirty dishes, glasses, pots, pans, etc.), was all about science, film making and the media. There’s something else that is being discussed a lot recently that is about that too.

It seems to be all over the blogosphere (e.g., here), since apparently Lost is a very popular show, and so I’ll mention it here. You can now enroll in Lost University as part of the DVD/Blueray release of Lost’s Season 5. What you’ll be able to do (it says on their website), is enroll and take courses in Psychology, Foreign Language, Jungle Survival, Philosophy, History, and Physics. The Physics part is all about time travel. Classes are being “taught” by real professors. I mean actual people, not characters. I know this since I’m one of these professors.

Who knew I’d end up being faculty at another university teaching such a popular course (without all the paperwork that usually involves)? Actually, I, for one, didn’t know! I mentioned a shoot I did some time back about the topic, and I knew it had something to do with the DVD, but I did not realize it would be part of this rather remarkable package. Well, it is all in good fun, and I hope people enjoy it. Go to the website and look at the courses and the foster of faculty and so forth. (Some of you may recognize the other two physics professors as USC’s Nick Warner and Caltech’s Sean Carroll. Sean was a co-blogger of mine back when I blogged on Cosmic Variance.)

There’s even a Lost University promotional video, to give you an idea of the scope of the endeavour:

I can’t promise to give you special attention in my class just because you’re an Asymptotia reader, but if you enroll, I hope you do well in your studies. 🙂


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6 Responses to Lost Lessons

  1. adam says:

    that sounds pretty cool. have you seen all of the episodes? you might be interested in reading http://www.overthinkingit.com/author/mlawski/ , which is a really intelligent commentary on Lost and various literary parallels.

  2. Clifford says:

    Hi Adam,

    No I haven’t. Thanks for the link, though!


  3. yvette says:

    Wait, if I sign up will you tell me what’ll happen next season? That’s what I want to know. 🙂

    (actually, when’s the DVD coming out or has it already? Traveling six months makes you WAY behind on your TV shows!)

  4. Rhys says:

    The suggested reading material for one of the other physics courses is given here:

    Dear oh dear…

  5. Clifford says:




  6. matty says:

    Lost is still my favorite show.