Feynman Lectures Now On YouTube

27 06 2009

Bill Gates bought the Feynman messenger lectures and made them free to the public.  Old school geek porn.  Enjoy

Hey Bill…Thanks man.  Seriously.

From Symmetry Magazine:

Bill Gates recently bought the rights to a series of lectures by legendary Caltech physicist Richard Feynman. The former Microsoft head’s purchase shows that the cultural and scientific legacy of Feynman remains strong even 21 years after his death.

The lectures, given in 1964 as part of Cornell University’s Messenger Lecture Series, were filmed by the BBC, who had retained the rights since. Gates purchased the lectures for an undisclosed amount.

But what would the former Microsoft head want with the copyright to lectures by the revered physicist? In a recent interview with the CERN Bulletin, Gates said that his only plan is to make the footage freely available to the public.

Add to that Gates’ reverence for Feynman, and it makes sense. The lectures are only the latest addition to Gates’ personal collection of Feynman-related material, which includes original manuscripts of some of Feynman’s best known work. Read more

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Radiolab: Stochasticity

27 06 2009

Radiolab has started a new season and you owe it to yourself to go check out their newest show on Stochasticity.

“Stochasticity, is just a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness. How big a role does randomness play in our lives? Do we live in a world of magic and meaning or … is it all just chance and happenstance? To tackle this question, we look at the role chance and randomness play in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body. Along the way, we talk to a woman suddenly consumed by a frenzied gambling addiction, two friends whose meeting seems purely providential, and some very noisy bacteria.”

Awesomeness.





Baloney Detector Kit

27 06 2009

You say baloney, I say bullshit.  Either way this is a good video on critical thinking and the scientific method.





Prayer Explained

27 06 2009

Because God’s divine plan for me is flawed…and shockingly stingy.





Intelligent Design Is Obvious

27 06 2009

The less I think the more I feel that warm “loved by an invisible all powerful sky daddy” feeling washing over me.