Understanding Modern Physics: Download Leonard Susskind Video Lectures

in Online Courses, Physics, Science, Stanford, Video - Science | July 20th, 2008

What’s the “theoretical minimum” for thinking intelligently about modern physics? Here’s your chance to find out. Below, you will find three courses (the first of eventually six) presented by Leonard Susskind, a Stanford physicist who helped conceptualize string theory and has waged a long-running “Black Hole War” with Stephen Hawking (see his new book on that subject here). Freely available on iTunes and YouTube (see below), these video lectures trace the beginnings of modern theoretical physics, taking you from Isaac Newton (or Newtonian Mechanics) to Albert Einstein’s work on the general and special theories of relativity. Notably, these courses were originally presented within Stanford’s Continuing Studies program, which means that the content was pitched to an audience much like you — that is, smart people who don’t necessarily have an extensive knowledge of physics. Watch the video below — the first lecture that kicks off the series of courses — and you will see what I mean.

Finally, in case you’re wondering, the next three courses (covering quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, cosmology, black holes, and more) will be presented this coming academic year and, once taped, we will give you a heads up. Sign up for our RSS Feed and you will be sure to get an update. Also see our collection of Free Online Courses for many more courses along these lines.

Modern Physics: The Theoretical Minimum

Bonus Material

In 2006-2007, Susskind taped a separate series of lectures on Quantum Mechanics. You can download them as free video lectures as well:

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  1. EDIRISH ATWOODS says . . .
    January 22, 2009 / 7:37 am


  2. February 9, 2009 / 1:42 pm

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  3. April 13, 2009 / 10:07 pm

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  4. April 19, 2009 / 4:07 pm

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  5. hmm says . . .
    May 6, 2009 / 1:30 am

    how do i download these videos from youtube

  6. CJ Fearnley says . . .
    May 13, 2011 / 8:43 pm

     I use  http://rg3.github.com/youtube-dl/ to download videos from YouTube.  Works great!

  7. July 30, 2009 / 2:17 am

    […] Leonard Susskind is an excellent lecturer and his free video lectures on everything from Hamiltonian mechanics to special relativity to quantum mechanics are some of the […]

  8. haryanto says . . .
    September 8, 2009 / 6:55 pm

    Prof. Susskind is an amazing lecturer. No wonder he won JJ Sakurai prize. I am not an native English speaker, but the way he speak is easy to be understood. Many thanks Professor.

  9. September 14, 2009 / 10:51 pm

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  10. Sheldon says . . .
    September 22, 2009 / 8:51 am

    Keep it comming

  11. Don Langlois says . . .
    December 5, 2009 / 7:16 pm

    Can I get these lectures on dvd?

  12. January 12, 2010 / 6:59 am

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  13. March 15, 2010 / 11:05 pm

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  14. Tyrone Faulkner says . . .
    December 10, 2010 / 3:39 am

    Is the Quantum Mechanics Course by Dr. Leonard Susskind available on dvd?

  15. CJ Fearnley says . . .
    May 13, 2011 / 8:41 pm

    The most important on-line course — and it is on physics — is Physics C10/LS C70V at Berkeley.  @cjfsyntropy:twitter wrote a detailed review of the course here:  http://blog.cjfearnley.com/2011/02/24/the-most-important-video-course-on-line-physics-c10ls-c70v-at-berkeley/eley/

  16. November 2, 2011 / 12:21 pm

    […] webcast with Brian Greene and some special guests: renowned theoretical physicist Leonard Susskind (watch his theoretical physics courses online) and Saul Perlmutter, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Together, they will “explore […]

  17. vishal says . . .
    June 20, 2012 / 6:23 am

    if heat is energy then what is cold

  18. markie says . . .
    September 5, 2013 / 1:25 am

    If heat is energy right, meaning exothermically energy is given off in the form of heat. But endothermically energy is absorb thus
    creating the surrounding to be in a less energy” tempreture state”.

  19. Ramon Costa says . . .
    March 23, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    to low volume.

  20. Mike Stay says . . .
    November 29, 2013 / 10:24 pm

    Are there assignments to go with the lectures?

  21. Tun Lin Aung says . . .
    June 14, 2014 / 2:12 am

    What is the magnetic Mono-pole like?
    ႊ့ႊႊDoes the God play the Dice Every day?

  22. RH Peat says . . .
    May 31, 2016 / 2:21 pm

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    I’m the whole in the hole
    within the blackhole.
    No place in particular at all,
    I’m entropy; smiling chaos,
    I thrive and evaporate;
    I eradiate and dissipate,
    where no single thing exists;
    I’m transformation particles.
    Horizon’s reflection, refraction,
    I am two place at once;
    I am matter and energy on the spot,
    two and three dimensional.
    I’m everywhere and nowhere —
    Higgs-Boson: Graviton-Photon,
    electrons all over the place.
    Dark matter and dark energy.
    I’m the sun turned inside out
    I’m everything —
    nothing at all
    that holds bits of information
    that can’t be destroyed.
    I’m a fountain that falls
    into its own pool.
    So my everything is nothing
    leaving change on the counter
    When buying green-tea
    on a hot day at the gift-shop
    on the wall …

    © RH Peat 5/31/2016

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