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Friday, 24 July 2009

Feynman Lectures

When you've far too much money on your hands what do you do with it? Well, if you're Bill Gates you spend it on the acquisition of rights for Richard Feynman's seven-part lecture series from 1964. Feynman, an American physicist, won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1965 for his contributions to the development of  quantum electrodynamics and was known for his work on quantum mechanics and particle physics. He also assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and has been credited with the introduction of nanotechnology.

The lectures are hosted by Microsoft Research under the name Project Tuva (after the central Asian republic he was on his way to visit in 1988 before dying of cancer) and require a Silverlight plug-in to view. The project intends to offer the series free of charge to make science interesting and accessible.
More than 20 years after first seeing them, these are still some of the best science lectures I've heard. Feynman worked hard during his life to popularize science, so I'm sure he'd be thrilled that now anyone, anywhere in the world, can just click a button and experience his lectures (Gates).

We also have the three-part book series in stock at the library:

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