If you live in the Boston area and would like to attend science, technology, math, or engineering lectures, you'll find Fred Hapgood's exhaustive and continually-updated list of Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area
very useful. (Here's his list of sources.)
Perhaps you know of a list like this for lectures in your locality or field of preference?
How condensed might one expect an overview of all modern physics to be? Leonard Susskind has an answer, and provides The Theoretical Minimum
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Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website are pleased to present this online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Now, anyone with internet access and a web browser can enjoy reading a high-quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures.
Here's a link to (YT) videos of all six 1973 Leonard Bernstein Norton lectures on one handy page
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With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
December 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Invisible Cities
-- the sublime metaphysical travelogue by author-journalist Italo Calvino
. In a series of pensive dialogues with jaded emperor Kublai Khan
, the explorer Marco Polo
describes a meandering litany of visionary and impossible places, dozens of surreal, fantastical cities
, each poetically reifying ideas vital to language, philosophy, and the human spirit. This gracefully written love letter to urban life has inspired countless tributes
, but it's just the most accessible of Calvino's fascinating literary catalogue. Look inside for a closer look at his most remarkable works, links to English translations of his magical prose, and collections of artistic interpretations from around the web -- including this treasure trove of essays, excerpts, articles, and recommended reading
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The SCI-Arc Media Archive
features 600+ video lectures on modern architecture and design, with an emphasis on Southern California.
"...I'm here to present to you - not lectures that are part of some curriculum; but in fact, I've combed the universe for my favorite subjects, and I'm going to spend twelve lectures bringing those favorite subjects to you."
Renowned astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson
discusses the various aspects of our universe in twelve separate half-hour long lectures (MLYT). [more inside]
: a smaller, gentler TED, with annual conferences in Wales and the US. Every twenty-minute conference presentation is available as free online video. A sampling: Tim Berners-Lee on how the web just happened
. Peter Segger on soil
. David Allen on optimizing your brain. A complete list of presenters
. The Do Village blog
The Reith Lectures
are an annual series of lectures by the BBC, started in 1948 and dedicated to advancing "public understanding of significant issues of the day through high-profile speakers." The BBC have just opened a complete archive
of them, both as audio and as transcripts. (previously
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Renowned theoretical physicist Nima Arkani
gave a series of five Messenger lectures
on "The Future of Fundamental Physics" at Cornell University two weeks ago. 1 3 4 5 [more inside]
You know about TED
, but do you know about the WGBH Forum Network
? A project of the venerable Boston public TV station
, the Forum is a web platform which aggregates lectures from cultural institutions, museums, libraries, bookstores, and colleges across the US - everything from current research in social science and hard science to author and poet talks. Presentations vary in topic, length, format, and level of eggheadiness, but if you love ideas, you'll find some good stuff here. Streams on demand, downloads often available if you register.
is a set of thirteen surveys in varied topics in mathematics, nicely produced with video, text, and interactive Flash gadgets for each of the topics.
The Calculus Lifesaver lectures -- videos available here in streaming (Real Player), mp4 and wmv formats
-- were originally given as "review sessions for the Princeton introductory calculus courses MAT103 and MAT104 during the 2006/7 academic year". Each lecture is about 2 hours.
Forget again to enroll at Oxford? Some of what you've been missing
Course materials and taped lectures
(nearly 70 hours worth) from John Ronsheim
's classes on 20th century music at Antioch College.
The Red Bull Music Academy is the best in music, past & present, from around the world, under one roof, getting down just for the funk of it. It is an event that travels the world, a yearly celebration of all the journeys and breakthroughs, all the dreams and intricacies that go into the music we love.
Here on the 'tubes the RBMA mainly consists of lectures
, interactive features
, and documentaries
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contains dozens of interviews, conversations and lectures on a variety of topics with/by several contemporary skeptics and freethinkers, including Michael Shermer, James Randi, Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker and Richard Dawkins. (There's a great links section at the bottom of the page, as well. Particularly good are the University Lectures section and the Lectures Archive.)
Since 1993, the Institut Jean Nicod
has awarded the annual Jean Nicod Prize
to a leading philosopher or cognitive scientist for his or her work in the interdisciplinary study of the mind. The recipient is expected to deliver a series of lectures. The lecture series of this past year's winner, philosopher Stephen Stich
, is entitled "Moral Theory Meets Cognitive Science: How Cognitive Science Can Transform Traditional Debates"
, and is now available online in video form. Also available is the lecture series of the previous year's winner, evolutionary anthropologist Michael Tomasello
: "Origins of Human Communication"
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- from the press release [19 June]
: "The site launches today with over 1,000 lectures
online, and more are being added daily. Segments range from a series of
hour-long lectures by the late Richard Feynman, to a short, hilarious Ali G
interview with Noam Chomsky, and a fascinating talk on designing a
semiconductor-based brain, by up-and-coming Stanford researcher Kwabena
Over the next four weeks
, Jeffrey Sachs
will be giving the 2007
BBC Reith Lectures
. Download [MP3]
the first week's lecture ("Bursting at the Seams
"), or subscribe [XML]
to the podcast
. Listen to the 1999-2006 lectures in full
, or hear
such as Bertrand Russell and J.K. Galbraith.
Courses from UC Berkeley on Google Video
- including a guest lecture
by Sergey Brin and poems by Mary Karr
. Perhaps they are now moving towards competing with YouTube's College
is a collection of presentations given at the most recent installment of the annual convention of leading t
ntertainers, and d
). From the $100 laptop
to the eradication of smallpox
to new ways
of visualizing data
and a charming and humorous look at education
, there's a lot to chew on and more to come.
Inspired yet? here's some more reading material
A talk given by Matt Webb on fictional futures
, and a whole lot besides. Just some text and some pictures, but he takes you on a most excellent brain adventure, from Italo Calvino
to a map of all the biochemical reactions on Earth
to Vannevar Bush’s machine, the Memex
with dozens of stops in between. One of my favorite parts -- and the coolest use of RSS I've ever seen -- is a tool to subscribe to your personal lightcone
(not the same as OpenCourseWare
). And don't miss LSE
, and Connexions
. Still bored
? Don't forget ResearchChannel
, and Wikiversity
. Do you care for psychology
, or math
? Or maybe you prefer journals
, or podcasts
? Knowledge is useful
One Bright Idea After Another
... Well, not always. But some interesting viewing here.
and (as early as the 1830's) Lyceums,
were perhaps America's first experiments in a truly Mass Culture. Everyone from this guy
to this guy
took the stage.
These days? Budweiser and Home Depot
continue this fine American tradition.
Hey, at least its not a Medicine Show.
's Invisible Cities
is so called because it asserts that what makes up a city is not so much its physical structure but the impression it imparts upon its visitors, the way its inhabitants move within, something unseen that hums between the cracks. This, however, has in no way dissuaded people from attempting to give form to his works
. One such example is the Hotel Tressants
, a building in Menorca, Spain containing 8 rooms named after and inspired by
various cities from the novel. Meanwhile, artists offer illustrations1,2,3
, installations 1,2,3,4,5
, computer programs
, even View-Master slides
, while intellectuals offer readings and commentary1,2
, and critical texts1,2,3
sparked by the man and his writings. It has been dubbed "The Calvino Effect
". Do you know of any more?
Public Lectures at the London School of Economics
are mostly free and cover a wide variety of topics. For those of you that can't attend, there's a list of transcripts from most of the lectures.
Easy grades, light reading loads, and above all a professor you can enjoy. Today’s university culture is one of all entertainment all the time..
an essay by Mark Edmunson based on his new book Why Read?
about the the "crisis in the humanities", called the most provocative look since Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind
. (via Arts and Letters Daily)
Lectures on the Long Now
(mp3s) including talks by Brian Eno, George Dyson, Bruce Sterling and more. Brought to you by the folks at the Long Now Foundation
2003 Reith Lectures.
Neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, talks about a number of fascinating neurological disorders and the insights they provide into mental functioning.
and Philosophy Lectures
Among many selections are Relativism and Scepticism, Ethics and Morality ,The Origins of Value, Heidegger's Being and Time, Memes, Zombies and Human Consciousness, The Soul In Our Time
and a football match between Grecian and German philosophers
. We call it soccer. There's more comedy featuring a pseudointellectual cult leader
beloved by privileged prep school students and college freshmen everywhere and stavrosthewonderchicken has recommended The Philosophers Drinking Song
has his picks, too. I found this while researching my I Feel Therefore I Am
post yesterday and mentioned it in a comment but, heck, it deserves its own post, no?
In the autumn of 1999 Donald Knuth
gave a series of lectures at MIT on God and Computers
. You can watch[realplayer] and listen[mp3] to them here
(Warning: this is over ten hours of material).
This year's BBC Reith Lectures are on a Question of Trust
. Beginning today at 8pm GMT on Radio 4, the first lecture
by Prof. Onora O'Neill
examines the importance of trust in society and how levels of suspicion are increasing. The full text and audio of the lectures will be made available online after they are broadcast, and judging by previous years lectures (on The End of Age
and Respect for the Earth
), these will be well worth listening to.
The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation
The best illustration ever of why friends don't let friends use Powerpoint
. Some blame a decline in oratory and rhetoric on the television. I blame the temptation to lean on decorative visual crutches.