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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Record brilliant lectures->Eliminate useless professors

I'm not suggesting something revolutionary, that gem "Feynman Lectures in Physics" were a result of this (transcription of notes while "the Master" :-) lectured undergrads at Caltech). Yet it is not very common in good institutes in India [atleast not at IIM-L :-( ].

You have to realise when you have one-of-a-kind brilliant professor who gives one-of-a-kind brilliant lectures. Of course, ideally you must ensure a live performance every time for students to feast on. But this might not be practically possible due to various constraints. So what's the next best thing to do in this age of technology: Record the lectures and make it available to interested posterity.

Brilliant lectures which I listen to from time to time (and availbale on the net for free!) :

1. http://www.vega.org.uk/video/subseries/8
A series of 4 lectures Feynman gave in Auckland about QED, audio+video. If you've not seen a Feynman performance, you're missing something in life :-).

2. http://delta.ulib.org/html/ (Go to the "Multimedia & Lectures" under "Contents", can't give you the exact link coz the page doesn't open from the CC)
Some great lectures at this link including one audio lecture by Knuth (the father of genetic algorithms) and an audio+video by Wolfram which I don't like too much!


  • At 1:01 pm, November 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am surprised it's not caught up in India yet. During my Masters in the US most students indeed used to record lectures on mini-cassette tapes and that would then be listened to in their car, bathroom wherever ;-))


  • At 11:21 am, November 15, 2005, Blogger Ayan Bhattacharya said…

    Yes, sadly it hasn't yet started here.


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