Thursday, December 20, 2007

Earn&Learn: Getting jiggy with the science

Walter Lewin, a beloved physics professor at M.I.T. who experiments on himself (the picture here shows him demonstrating principles of pendulums), has blazed into the national limelight since he began sharing videotaped classroom lectures online. Hundreds of fans across the globe are tuning in and turning on (free of charge) to the magical world of physics.

You and the kids can join in the physics stampede by checking out OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shorter Lewin snippets are available on YouTube and iTunes U.

Professor Lewin’s global fans are stuffing his email inbox with adoration.“Through your inspiring video lectures i have managed to see just how BEAUTIFUL Physics is, both astounding and simple,” a 17-year-old from India e-mailed to Lewin recently, The New York Times said.

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