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Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby bridge » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:36 pm UTC

I just stumbled upon this article about Walter Lewin lectures,
MIT professor and Web star Walter Lewin swings from pendulums and faces down wrecking balls to show students the zany beauty of science.
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i'm not really into physics but i'm definitely watching some of those...

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby alterant » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:11 pm UTC

I've been watching the E&M course in parallel with my University of Alberta course for this entire semester. It is superb, particularly the demos. Check out the Kelvin Water Dropper in particular, I thought that one was fantastic. Non-conservative fields as well.
There is also a Richard Muller at Berkeley who has a good qualitative physics course on podcast. He calls it "physics for future presidents". Some of it was very, very interesting.
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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby skeptical scientist » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:16 pm UTC

The wrecking ball thing was pretty cool to watch. He's got good stage presence. It's at time index 45:37 of lecture 11. He stole that from Feynman, right?
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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby SirAlex » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:22 am UTC

skeptical scientist wrote: He stole that from Feynman, right?


Well, he's already being hailed as the next Feynman, in terms of style, so I guess they must have something in common.

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby Gelsamel » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:36 am UTC

Yeah those were awesome. Fluff linked them to me ages ago I think.
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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby diotimajsh » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:50 am UTC

Wow, awesome links. Very much appreciated!
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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby Mettra » Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:34 am UTC

The guy makes a fantastic review of material, but for first-timers he's a little heavy.
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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby aneeshm » Sat May 03, 2008 11:09 am UTC

This is beyond awesomeness.

And incredibly well-timed, too.

I've needed a refresher on the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism for a while, and this promises to be exactly what I need (you tend to get out of touch with the basics while doing an engineering degree in Computer Science).

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby bridge » Sun May 04, 2008 2:14 pm UTC

Btw those are available also trough iTunes
in the "iTunes U" channel which contains tons of other lectures on various subjects
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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby Minerva » Sun May 04, 2008 3:26 pm UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:He stole that from Feynman, right?


Indeed he did.

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby ikantspell4 » Wed May 07, 2008 5:12 am UTC

I'm going to do some of the open course work to prep for my e&m class and watch his lectures. That man rocks!!! To bad I wasent a good enough student to go to MIT and had to go to my state university. Most of my teachers suck.

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby rdub » Wed May 07, 2008 11:34 am UTC

There are also lectures online at nanohub.org - they tend to be a bit higher level (for grad students), and mostly in the "nanotechnology" area. I think it is awesome that the internet is (finally!) being used for its original purpose of sharing information.

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby BlackSails » Wed May 07, 2008 12:21 pm UTC

You can also download some MIT physics lectures from ItunesU

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby ian » Thu May 08, 2008 8:56 pm UTC

These lectures are indeed awesome.

Does anyone know of any good audio only lectures? Obviously there is Feynman, but any others? (Preferably free)

Hmm, we could maybe do with a physics/sciences resource thread

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby BlackSails » Thu May 08, 2008 9:12 pm UTC

ian wrote:These lectures are indeed awesome.

Does anyone know of any good audio only lectures? Obviously there is Feynman, but any others? (Preferably free)

Hmm, we could maybe do with a physics/sciences resource thread


Seach for "The Theoretical Minimum" on ITunesU. Its a collection of lectures that has the minimum knowledge to discuss physics intelligently. There are two lecture series; one for quantum, one for classical.

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby ian » Fri May 09, 2008 4:57 pm UTC

BlackSails wrote:
ian wrote:These lectures are indeed awesome.

Does anyone know of any good audio only lectures? Obviously there is Feynman, but any others? (Preferably free)

Hmm, we could maybe do with a physics/sciences resource thread


Seach for "The Theoretical Minimum" on ITunesU. Its a collection of lectures that has the minimum knowledge to discuss physics intelligently. There are two lecture series; one for quantum, one for classical.


Ooh, Susskind, thanks for that. Something to listen to on the way to work.

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby ian » Fri May 09, 2008 7:36 pm UTC

Actually this is video too. Oh well :(


Anyone know any audio ones?

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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby diotimajsh » Sat May 10, 2008 12:36 am UTC

I very much like this thread. Thanks again for the great recommendations, folks. (iTunesU looks pretty spiffy in general).

ian: Couldn't you rip the audio off of them somehow? Or would you be worried about missing the necessary visual parts in that case?
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Re: Physics Lectures (by Walter Lewin)

Postby Hit3k » Sat May 10, 2008 2:34 am UTC

I used these lectures to revise for a physics test I had helped very much :)

skeptical scientist wrote:The wrecking ball thing was pretty cool to watch. He's got good stage presence. It's at time index 45:37 of lecture 11. He stole that from Feynman, right?

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