May 19, 2006

Helfand, David Silver_nugget
[ASTR 1404] Beyond the Solar System

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

There are few at Columbia let alone any university that are as passionate as David Helfand. I took this class for him, not knowing it was one of the hardest science requirements. I went from failing the course to doing very well in the end - this I attribute entirely to him and his drive to teach me, a humanities student how to think like a scientist. If you care about learning, this man is a godsend. If you want to get out of Columbia without doing a thing, perhaps you should look another direction.
It is rare to have a professor who will devote so much to a student - I advise taking advantage of this wealth of a professor.

Workload:

Not so bad, though this depends on your math skill levels.
In the end the work is worth it.