For the past two years, Stanford has been rolling out a series of courses (collectively called Modern Physics: The Theoretical Minimum) that gives you a baseline knowledge for thinking intelligently about modern physics. The sequence, which moves from Isaac Newton, to Albert Einstein’s work on the general and special theories of relativity, to black holes and string theory, comes out of Stanford’s Continuing Studies program. And the courses are all taught by Leonard Susskind, an important physicist who has engaged in a long running “Black Hole War” with Stephen Hawking. The final course, Statistical Mechanics, has now been posted on YouTube. The rest of the courses can be accessed immediately below. (The courses also appear in our list of Free Online Physics Courses, a subset of our collection, 1,700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.) Six courses. Roughly 120 hours of content. A comprehensive tour of modern physics. All in video. All free. Beat that.
Modern Physics: The Theoretical Minimum
- Classical Mechanics — YouTube
- Quantum Mechanics — YouTube
- Special Relativity — YouTube
- Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity — YouTube
- Cosmology — YouTube
- Statistical Mechanics — YouTube