Friday, June 05, 2009

Discover - Susskind Lectures on General Relativity

Very cool - I love physics, even when it makes me feel dumb. This comes from Discover.

Susskind Lectures on General Relativity

by Sean in Academia, Science | 24 comments | RSS feed | Trackback >
June 2nd, 2009 9:23 AM

Via Dmitry Podolsky, a series of YouTube videos from Stanford encompassing an entire course by Lenny Susskind on general relativity. I didn’t look closely enough to figure out exactly what level the lectures are pitched at, but it looks like a fairly standard advanced-undergrad or beginning-grad introduction to the subject. (For which I could recommend an excellent textbook, if you’re interested.) This is the first lecture; there are more.

It’s fantastic that Stanford is giving this away. I don’t worry that it will replace the conventional university. The right distinction is not “people who would physically go to the lectures” vs. “people who will just watch the videos”; it’s between “people who can watch the videos” and “people who have no access to lectures like this.” And Susskind is a great lecturer.

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