Physics from Open Yale Courses

Yale has started putting course material online in a systematic way, following in the grand tradition of MIT’s OpenCourseWare. Among the handful they’ve uploaded so far, the two which catch my eye the most strongly are Fundamentals of Physics and Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics. These classes come with Quicktime video of the lectures, and all material is licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

Hat tip: Peter Suber.

5 thoughts on “Physics from Open Yale Courses”

  1. I can think of a good number in the math department that should be put up there. Zuckerman’s set theory, Frame’s fractal geometry (for non-mathematicians)…

    Maybe after seeing the horrible quality of the rooms in Leet-Oliver Memorial Hall the public outcry will lead to Yale finally fixing up that building.

  2. The courses you mention look good, but they seem to force me to download the lectures as .zip files. It would be nice to have streaming videos as an option, since then you can start watching a video and see if you like it before committing to a long download.

    If UCR can do streaming videos of classes, surely Yale can too. No?

    Am I missing something?

  3. (1) Yale’s system-wide IT is in a hellish state, though not so brain-damaged as to run all email through Outlook instead of a sensible UNIX system.

    (2) Streaming requires bandwidth use requires money, and Yale didn’t become so rich by paying for anything.

  4. Mr. Baez,

    I can’t begin to express how thankful i am for the streams on Group Representation Theory. I don’t know how much work you had to go through to do that but your efforts are very very much appreciated. I’m glad i have the good fortune of learning this topic from people like you and Mark Chu-Carrol. I hope more top-notch schools start to take this initiative. Keep up the good discussions.

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