Einstein in 60 Seconds (or 40 Hours)

Big­Think asked Dr. Michio Kaku to sum up Ein­stein’s lega­cy in a nut­shell. Above, you get his attempt in a quick minute. Obvi­ous­ly, this is just begin­ning to scratch the sur­face, and know­ing you, you want to go deep­er. So here you go: Leonard Susskind, a world famous physi­cist, offered a series of six cours­es for Stan­ford Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, which traced the arc of mod­ern physics. It goes from New­ton to Black Holes. Nat­u­ral­ly a tour of mod­ern physics would­n’t be com­plete with­out spend­ing a good amount of time on Ein­stein, and that’s what Susskind does. One course (runs about 20 hours) is ded­i­cat­ed to Spe­cial Rel­a­tiv­i­ty (iTunes – YouTube) and the oth­er focus­es exclu­sive­ly on Ein­stein’s The­o­ry of Gen­er­al Rel­a­tiv­i­ty (iTunes — YouTube). This series of cours­es (all per­ma­nent­ly found in the Physics sec­tion of our Free Online Course col­lec­tion) has been enjoyed by view­ers across the world, and we (at Stan­ford) have recent­ly shipped CDs of the course to remote places with min­i­mal band­width, includ­ing Nepal and Afghanistan. For more on how to learn physics online (for free, of course), see our post: Mod­ern Physics: A Com­plete Intro­duc­tion.

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