About PredictionX

What's what? 

The term "PredictionX" is synonomous with the full "Prediction Project," whch this web site describes.  Technically, the term "PredictionX" started out as the name of an online project hosted as a set of modules (often called a "course") on the edX platform.  The Predictionx.org site  (where you are now!) offers: links to already-released content from the online "PredictionX" edX project; materials from the series of FS27J Freshman Seminars at Harvard; information about the upcoming on-campus course  on Prediction (GenEd "1112"); as well as links to content still under development.

You might want to start with The Framework for Predictive Systems in order to better understand the Prediction project's pedagogy. From there, you will find resources related to specific parts of PredictionX (such as The Diviner's Guide and The Tools of the Navigator in Lost Without Longitude).

To get a good idea of what the full PredictionX effort at Harvard is about, and how it started, try watching one of Professor Goodman's talks about PredictionX, linked to on the left side of this page.


Who's who?

The Prediction project was founded at Harvard by Prof. Alyssa Goodman, who now serves as its "host" and lead organizer.  Critically, though, the project presents the expertise of dozens of experts--from Harvard and beyond-- on a wide range of topics.  

Here's a quick alphabetical list (updated periodically!) of the experts whose work and thoughts are featured in PredictionX--

  1. Davíd Carrasco (Harvard Divinity School)
  2. Dylan Clark (Archaeology, University of North Carolina)
  3. Emma Dench (Harvard HIstory)
  4. George Church (Harvard Medical School)
  5. Immaculata De Vivo (Harvard Medical School & Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health)
  6. Peter Der Manuelian (Harvard Anthropology and Harvard Semitic Museum)
  7. Stuart Firestein (Columbia University)
  8. Rown Flad (Harvard Anthropology)
  9. Owen Gingerich (Harvard Astronomy and HIstory of Science)
  10. Don Goldmann (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health)
  11. Alyssa Goodman (Harvard Astronomy, Radcliffe Insitute for Advanced Study (host))
  12. Emilie Hardman (while at Houghton Library, Harvard)
  13. Rebecca Henderson (Harvard Business School)
  14. John Huth (Harvard Physics)
  15. Dan Kammen (UC Berkeley)
  16. Peter Kraft (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health) 
  17. James Leonard (Independent Performance Artist)
  18. Brendan Meade (Harvard Earth and Planetary Science)
  19. Rory McEvoy (Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England)
  20. Gina McCarthy (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health)
  21. Susan Murphy (Harvard Statistics) 
  22. Megan Murray (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health)
  23. Laura Nasrallah (Harvard Divinity School)
  24. Jacob Olupuna (Harvard Divinitiy School)
  25. John Overholt (Hougton LIbrary, Harvard)
  26. Agustín Rayo (MIT Philosophy)
  27. Martin Rees (University of Cambridge)
  28. Sara Schechner (Harvard University Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments)
  29. Simon Schaeffer (Unviersity of Cambridge)
  30. Ben Shneiderman (University of Maryland)
  31. Dava Sobel (Independent Science Writer)
  32. Rosalind Stanwell-Smith (John Snow Society, London)
  33. Piotr Steinkeller (Harvard Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)
  34. Jill Tarter (SETI Institute)
  35. Curtis Wong (Microsoft Research, Retired)