In addition to his remarkable accomplishments in developing QED, Richard Feynman was widely noted for his skills as a teacher, both in terms of explaining physics to students, colleagues, and to the general public at large, a reputation which became firmly entrenched with the publication of the three volume Feynman Lectures on Physics. Some of the simpler lectures from that collection have also been published separately as Six Easy Pieces and its follow-up, Six Not-So-Easy Pieces.
Here is a series of lectures entitled “Today’s Answers to Newton’s Queries About Light” given by the late, great Richard Feynman at the University of Auckland in 1979. Much of the content appears to be identical to that of the lectures delivered at UCLA in 1983 which formed the basis of his book, QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter.
- Lecture 1: Photons – Corpuscles of Light (length: 78 minutes, 20 seconds)
- Lecture 2: Fits of Reflection and Transmission – Quantum Behavior (length: 99 minutes, 11 seconds)
- Lecture 3: Electrons and their Interactions (length: 100 minutes, 22 seconds)
- Lecture 4: New Queries (length: 93 minutes, 50 seconds)
And here are Feynman’s 1964 Messenger Lectures at Cornell University, entitled “The Character of Physical Law.” These lectures formed the basis of yet another book.
- Lecture 1: The Law of Gravitation
- Lecture 2: The Relation of Mathematics to Physics
- Lecture 3: The Great Conservation Principles
- Lecture 4: Symmetry in Physical Law
- Lecture 5: The Distinction of Past and Future
- Lecture 6: Probability and Uncertainty – The Quantum Mechanical View of Nature
- Lecture 7: Seeking New Laws
Further Feynman resources:
- Feynman Physics Lectures on Dailymotion
- Feynman Online
- The Feynman Lectures on Physics (includes errata to the books)
- Microsoft Research’s Project Tuva website: Feynman lectures online (requires Silverlight), complete with closed-captioning and annotations.
- A collection of links to these and other Feynman videos online
- Wired.com’s showcase of seven lectures from Project Tuva.