Fifty years ago today, a whole lot of light bulbs went on
September 26, 2011 8:31 AM Subscribe
Fifty years ago today, Richard Feynman gave the first of his famous lectures at Caltech.
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Feynman, well covered on the blue
, set the bar high with these freshman lectures on physics.
You can watch
some of them online at YouTube, read the textbook
(first published in 1964), enjoy some related stories
, or watch some entertaining
You can watch similar lectures he gave subsequently at Cornell in 1964 online over at Project Tuva
The lectures are enjoyable even for those without a physics background. Feynman lifts back the veil like none other, and gives you glimpses into the workings of our world that are breathtaking. His demonstrated ability to analyze, synthesize, and convey information is as much a part of the experience as is the content he is delivering. These lectures are a window into the way Feynman thought, and it is a beautiful thing to see that mind at work.
"If you can't explain something to a first year student, then you haven't really understood it."