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Monday, 21 February 2011

Theoretical Physics Seminars and Lectures Online

Over the weekend I came across some very helpful resources for keeping up with what's going on in the world of physics research, and for learning physics.

I love listening to physics talks and seminars, but hate the whole experience of going to the department and being crammed into a room with other researchers. Also, how many times have you lost concentration for 30 seconds whilst listening to a talk, only to tune back in to find that you've missed a vital piece of information or step in the reasoning, which makes the rest of the talk impossible to follow?  Wouldn't it be great to be able to pause or rewind the speaker?

There are a few institutions who helpfully publish their seminar series online:

This is not a comprehensive list of institutions, rather a list of those that I found which have significant amounts of up-to-date and interesting material.  I will be updating the list as I find more sources.

Please feel free to add more links in the comments!


  1. UC Berkeley also has a large number of lectures/courses available to the public. Hardly any of the physics material is beyond the introductory level, but some of the CS and EE courses are advanced undergraduate. or, for more convenient downloading just go to the UC Berkeley portion of iTunes U.

    More so than MIT's opencourseware, Berkeley's site is more focused on providing audio or video courses, though both offer an unusually broad selection of course-related content.

  2. Thanks! That's really good to know.