Leonard Susskind Teaches You “The Theoretical Minimum” for Understanding Modern Physics

susskind-g For the past decade, Leonard Susskind, one of America’s pre-eminent physicists, has taught a series of six courses in Stanford’s Continuing Studies program.  The series “explores the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics,” helping lifelong learners (like you) attain the “theoretical minimum” for thinking intelligently about modern physics. Over the years, the Continuing Studies program (where, in full disclosure, I serve as the director) has taped the lectures and made them available to a global audience on YouTube and iTunes. We’ve even burned the lectures onto CDs and shipped them to remote locations in Afghanistan and Nepal where connectivity is still lacking. This week, Susskind’s popular lectures found a new home of sorts with the launch of The Theoretical Minimum, a new web site that presents the six courses in a way that’s neat, clean and easy to navigate. The site also offers a short text summary of each lecture, plus related reference materials. You can jump into the courses and get started on your own intellectual journey via this list:

Note: Susskind’s courses, and many others, also appear in our collection of Free Online Physics Courses, part of our collection of 875 Free Online Courses.

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  1. sonya says . . . | May 3, 2013 / 2:16 am

    Thank you!
    I appreciate the effort, because for me this is a very helpful explanation of some generally important laws.

  2. Isadora says . . . | May 3, 2013 / 9:46 pm

    I’ve been looking for something like this for YEARS now. That’s why I love Open Culture.

  3. nate says . . . | May 4, 2013 / 6:30 pm

    the best free physics materials hands down. I’d love to see these adapted for coursera

  4. duzzi says . . . | March 9, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    These lectures seem very uneven. Some are clear and well articulated, some are confusing (and seemingly confused). It would also be nice if Mr Susskind would avoid talking with is mouth full … it gets a bit annoying after a while.

  5. wallace dowdy says . . . | July 6, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    if dark matter permeates everything,including the space between subatomic particles,then black holes should be effected as well. might this suggest a permanent connectivity between related emitted and infalling particles?

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