Saturday, April 12, 2008

Open Lectures on Quantum Physics

Harvard University
Physics 253: Quantum Field Theory
Lectures by Sidney R. Coleman
Recorded in 1975-1976.
54 video lectures.
From the website noted above:
The videos shown here were transferred to DVD in 2007 straight from surviving VHS tapes, which were, in turn, copied from the original source tapes. As such, the quality of the image has suffered and is as good as currently feasible without resorting to an expensive remastering process. Made in 1975-1976, the videos were shot using a black and white tube video camera. The black halo or vignette effect you see around the image is caused by the camera's Image Orthicon pickup tube. Please note that the version of the videos presented here are at a lower resolution so as to make them small enough for streaming. Harvard affiliates also have the option of borrowing DVDs of these lectures, which have somewhat better resolution, from Physics Research Library.

Professor Coleman's wit and teaching style is legendary and, despite all that may have changed in the 35 years since these lectures were recorded, many students today are excited at the prospect of being able to view them and experience Sidney's particular genius second-hand.
Listening to the Einstein book from I discovered this gem website searching for Quantum Physics on What a treat.