Bill Gates is offering up a series of lectures by noted physicist Richard Feynman from 1964. Here’s Bill…
First and foremost, I have no pretensions of being the Blogging Expert on Science. But this excites me. It excites me in the same way the web is opening up education in other subjects, specifically in music — streamable lessons on youtube, live feeds from classrooms for students, etc.
I remember seeing the NOVA special on String Theory (available in it’s entirety here) and it being the first time I was able to (somewhat) understand what all those numbers and symbols meant. The narrator of that — Brian Greene — put things simply and in a way people could understand (for the most part). Feynman, from what I’ve read and watched, seems to have been that guy for his generation. He was able to put the very abstract ideas of physics in a more concrete terms.
Highly recommend checking out Project Tuva (keep typing “Tuba” as with the Brass Ecstasy lineup). It’s up an running at Microsoft Research website.