Eprintweb Monday, Jun 26 2006 

Holla this is jeet. Thought i'd share this with you all.Came across this in Quantum Pontiff. Nice site to organize what you want/are going to read. Basically a front end to arxiv

MSRI lectures Friday, Jun 9 2006 

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Sir Roger Penrose

Required Background : I don’t know ! Can somebody help me here ? …

Via Subhujoy comes a link to a bunch of lectures on mathematics from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute(MSRI). Most of it is filled with scary math stuff, but I guess as usual mathematicians do the mistake of doing something useful to us 😉

Now, I’ll leave it for somebody more knowledgeable than I am to tell us what the required background is. Anyway, I found some lectures by Penrose which I’m still trying to understand. The site seems to have its set of mathy-physics stuff (or should I call it physicsy-math stuff ? ) in addition to some mathy-biology and what not ! See for example here where you will see topics ranging from statistical physics, image analysis to neurobiological vision ! And then there are some lectures titled Must Knowing How to Teach Be Limited by Teaching What One Knows? 🙂

Now many of these are RealPlayer Videos which were not accessible at IITK the last time I tried. But, I hope the situation changes before next sem starts. Even otherwise, a lot of them also have lectures in other formats – atleast enough to satisfy the math-minded among us for a summer, I hope.

2001- A Spacetime Odyssey Friday, Jun 9 2006 

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Martinus Veltman, Recipient of 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics

Via Amar, I came to know of a treasure-trove of web lectures named 2001- A Spacetime odyssey. As far as the required background is concerned , I guess it is one of those things where nothing is reallly sufficient 😉

These web lectures are a part of a web-lecture archive. To quote

The Web Lecture Archive Project is a joint venture between the UM-ATLAS Collaboratory Project, the University of Michigan Media Union, and CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. Its goal is to implement this electronic archival system for slide-based presentations on the Internet.

Actually, there are much more material in that site than you might realise at first glance. Try for example , The CERN Academic Training lectures(2000) which is a kind of overview of particle physics. Especially, have a look at the lecture titled An Introduction to Field theory by Kleiss. You can find the lecture notes for these lectures here. I guess the required background is some amount of quantum mechanics, though I might be wrong…..

Then, there is the lecture by Veltman at CERN just after his Nobel prize. And there are some presentations by undergraduates at University of Michigan as a part of undergraduate research programme there.

The last but not the least is of course a series of popular science lectures called saturday morning physics at U.Mich. I especially loved the lecture titled
Quantum Tornadoes Near Absolute Zero by Paul Haljan. If you haven’ t seen it already, you should definitely see it. After all, it’s a popular science lecture so it should be accessible to everyone.

And this is Paul Haljan for you

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And by the way, in case you didn’t notice, this is the first post at blogphysica by an IITK alumni 😉 Happy Summer Holidays , everybody !