Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity – Stanford

This is a complete course in General Theory of Relativity taught by Leonard Susskind, the Felix Bloch Professor of Physics at Stanford University.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson with Stephen Colbert

This is a great talk with Stephen Colbert and Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey.

Stephen Colbert is a smart science fan and often features great science book authors and scientists on his show, The Colbert Report. I also appreciate his funny takes on scientific topics such as tissue engineered meat, the LHC and more!

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has appeared on The Colbert Report six times. What a boon for the world of science that Colbert is willing to feature science and science personalities who will make science seem enjoyable for the general public.

Jim Al-Khalili – Skeptics in the Pub

An evening with Jim Al-Khalili, eminent physicist and science communicator, discussing the possibility of time travel and parallel universes. This illuminating talk was set up by Skeptics in the Pub, a not-for-profit organisation that does its upmost to spread knowledge and skepticism around the country.

Richard Feynman: Fun To Imagine

The great American theoretical physicist Richard Feynman sits in an armchair and talks about some of the wonders of the world. Originally a BBC TV series called ‘Fun to Imagine’, broadcast in 1983.
The 4th part, Magnets and the question ‘Why?’, is especially enlightening, as it’s the question that lies in the very core of scientific inquiry.

Best of TED

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks are usually under 20 minutes, and each of them presents some unique ideas from very diverse fields: physics, economy, biology, technology…
They are extremely entertaining and addictive, so here’s a compilation of some of the best 40 TED talks.

Professor Brian Cox – A Night with the Stars

For one night only, Professor Brian Cox goes unplugged in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Brian takes an audience of famous faces, scientists and members of the public on a journey through some of the most challenging concepts in physics.
During the lecture, Brian recruits Jim Al-Khalili, Jonathan Ross, Simon Pegg, Sarah Millican and James May to help him in demonstrating some of the most interesting concepts in physics.

Faster than the Speed of Light? – Lecture

A lecture by Christopher White , Ph.D. explaining the nature of the recent Faster than Light neutrino experiment.

This lecture gives us a brief history of neutrino physics, explains some theories like the tachyon particles, and puts the whole story about FTL neutrinos into right context, while criticizing the bombastic media headlines that proclaimed Einstein wrong.

This lecture was given on October 05, 2011 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn (suburb of Chicago) , Illinois.

Garrett Lisi: A beautiful new theory of everything

“For the next 18 minutes I’m going to try to explain the beauty of particle physics without equations”, that is how physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi starts this lecture, and he sure does. He presents a controversial new model that could answer some big questions. His theory¬†gives us a pattern, or layout for sub-atomic particles (similar to the periodic table of elements). DISPROVED: This theory has been disproved in the meantime, although Lisi updated the theory and published new papers. You can read about it on Wikipedia. Thanks to Jeff Milne for pointing that out.

Introduction to Astrophysics – Yale

This is a series of lectures about Astrophysics from Yale University. Taught by Professor Charles Bailyn,these lectures are aimed towards non-scientists. So it’s great in explaining some difficult concepts. What is even more interesting, this course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years.

The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Two of science’s luminaries converse on the beauty of science. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of NOVA and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will explore the wonders of the Cosmos and of Life, its origins, its inspirations, and why science is not just an option, it is the only reality we possess.

This is a brilliant talk by some of the brightest scientific minds. Both of them great speakers and great teachers.

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