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 Hawking Paradox

This is a BBC production documentary on Stephen Hawking’s work on black holes and the implications of his theory. Stephen Hawking is probably the most famous physicist in the whole world. He became famous for his work on the Big Bang theory as well as his research on black holes. Science had long predicted that if a sufficiently large star collapsed at the end of its life, all the matter left in the star would be crushed into an infinitely small point with infinite gravity and infinite density – a singularity. Hawking laid the foundations of black hole thermodynamics, a theory that explains a lot, but also appears to break some basic physical laws.

The Day The Universe Changed

The Day the Universe Changed is a ten-part documentary television series presented by science historian James Burke. The series tells a series of stories of how specific scientific and technological advances have shaped the Western way of life.
The title comes from the philosophical idea that the universe essentially only exists as you perceive it through what you know; therefore, if you change your perception of the universe with new knowledge, you have essentially changed the universe itself.
Very interesting and insightful documentary series for anyone interested in the history of science.

Air pressure vs Altitude

This is an interesting short lecture about some basic physical concepts, namely: air pressure and altitude. It’s easily understandable with good explanations of the correlation between the two. Nothing eye opening but still worth the watch.

TIME 10 Questions: Ray Kurzweil

This is a short TIME interview with Ray Kurzweil released on November 29th 2010. Questions are typical for those familiar with his work..singularity, exponential advancement in technology and longevity. Ray is positive and optimistic as always.

Ray Kurzweil on 2009 Longevity Conference

Famed inventor and futurist tell scientists gathered at the 2009 Longevity Conference that we are “very close to a tipping point in human history.” According to his projections, in 15 years we will be adding more than one year every year to YOUR lifespan.
It’s a very interesting lecture by a very interesting person. Kurzweil is known for his quite accurate predictions of the future so although some of the points he makes sound pretty incredible, they are actually very possible.

The Story of One

A math history documentary from PBS. Hosted by the well known Monty Python member, Terry Jones, a historian with a typical British sense of humor. Also appearing in the documentary is the mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, often appearing in documentaries that have anything to do with mathematics. Together they are telling us a story about the history of the number 1 which soon turns into a history of the number systems in general. Although this documentary is not any kind of eye-opener, it’s still filled with many interesting and fun to know trivia.

TED – Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks

The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who’s reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED’s Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished — and what drives him. The interview includes graphic footage of a recent US airstrike in Baghdad.

The Beauty of Diagrams

BBC Series in which mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explores the stories behind some of the most familiar scientific diagrams. Here we will see Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Issac Newton’s Prism, as well as the most well known diagrams of Nicolaus Copernicus and Florence Nightingale. Some of these diagrams are truly astounding examples of human’s ability to visualize complex concepts.

Molecular Visualizations of DNA

Amazing CGI visualization of molecular biology’s central dogma. It shows animations of DNA coiling, replication, transcription and translation.

It was created by Drew Berry of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

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