Video Physics

An American Physics Student in England has a nice post about physics resources online in the form of video. In addition to the resource list provided by Serkan Cabi, which he discusses, he provides some favourites of his own. Check out his list.

I am pleased to see the ASTI website on his list. ASTI was designed (by yours truly) as a means of giving access to science to those who were less able to have such opportunities (I focused on Africa and got – with the help of Robert de Mello Koch, Jeff Murugan and Amanda Weltman – several students from as many as 11 different African countries to attend – I hope to do it again in various fields of science at a variety of levels, if I can find a financial donor or donorsa) and I hoped that by videoing everything and putting it on a site that the school’s lectures could serve people all over the world for a long time to come. So it is nice to hear about someone using it. (I’ve heard that there are some links with problems on that site, so I will try to get them fixed.)

By the way, in another excellent post a few weeks ago, the same blogger chatted about several physics textbooks and other resources that give an introduction to quantum field theory. Go over there and compare notes, or get ideas if you are looking for a way into that important subject.

Finally, I’ve also noted a number of mentions of Durham on that same blog. One of them was apparently inspired by an earlier post of mine, and was in fact a sort of reply! Yes, it did make me have a bit of a longing to wander around Durham for some time. I hope to do so in the not too distant future, and perhaps see some of my old friends and colleagues there too. In the meantime, recent days have put me quite firmly in mind of Durham – it has been very cold here (by Southern California standards), with it approaching freezing each night. The days are strikingly cold while remaining super bright and sunny. Cycling to work in the morning and back at night requires a scarf, jacket, and a jumper/sweater – an unusual amount of warm clothing for this part of the world – and is quite a chilling experience for the lungs. This reminds me a lot of the Fall and Winter days of Durham – Cold, but lovely and clear. Well that’s what we have here in Los Angeles for while. All I have to do is find a street with cobblestones to walk along – and I’m sure they are not too far – and it’ll be just as though I’m there!

-cvj

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