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Gödel, Escher, Bach Video Lectures

Last year I poin­ted to MIT’s pro­gramme ded­ic­ated to Douglas Hof­stadter­’s Gödel, Escher, Bach—the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning book on cog­ni­tion that defies cat­egor­isa­tion.

Just to update you on GEB news; MIT have now pro­duced a series of video lec­tures ded­ic­ated to the book. (6 lec­tures, each approx. 1 hour in length.)

(I have a sort of love-hate rela­tion­ship with GEB: I know I’m going to love it, but I hate the fact that for the last 18 months the book’s been star­ing at me, tempt­ing me to pick it up, while I’ve been get­ting through my book ‘back­log’.)

Economics Lectures

I was intro­duced to Steph­en Kin­sella—Junior Lec­turer in Eco­nom­ics at Kemmy Busi­ness School, Uni­ver­sity of Limerick—through his beau­ti­ful look­ing eco­nom­ics present­a­tions avail­able on Slide­Share. Of course, the prob­lem with (the major­ity of) beau­ti­ful present­a­tions is that they lack con­text and thus, without a voi­ceover, end up being a con­fus­ing set of beau­ti­ful pic­tures with scant text.

Not to worry; Kin­sel­la’s eco­nom­ics lec­tures are also avail­able on Vimeo.

The Future of Human Health

In sev­en videos, each between 9 and 19 minutes in length, some of Stan­ford’s best research­ers dis­cuss cut­ting-edge cog­nit­ive sci­ence research.

Learn about the fron­ti­ers of human health from sev­en of Stan­ford’s most innov­at­ive fac­ulty mem­bers. Inspired by a format used at the TED Con­fer­ence, each speak­er deliv­ers a highly enga­ging talk in just 10–20 minutes about his or her research. Learn about Stan­ford’s new­est and most excit­ing dis­cov­er­ies in neur­os­cience, bioen­gin­eer­ing, brain ima­ging, psy­cho­logy, and more.

via Mind Hacks

Gödel, Escher, Bach

On a large num­ber of ‘best of’ or ‘books that changed my life’ lists I always spot Gödel, Escher, Bach (GEB), the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning book by Douglas Hof­stadter.

When my copy arrived at my door recently I was taken aback by this tome and real­ised that it was going to be a dense read that will need—and hope­fully reward—all of my atten­tion. As with sim­il­ar books, I will under­take back­ground research and read­ing first so that I can fully appre­ci­ate all the con­cepts con­tained with­in.

This is when I found MIT’s ‘spe­cial pro­gramme’ spe­cific­ally based on the book. While it does­n’t provide a wealth of use­ful, sup­ple­ment­ary mater­i­al (much like the Wiki­pe­dia entry), it does men­tion some good Bach pieces to accom­pany your read­ing.

Quantum Physics Made (Relatively) Easy

Quantum Phys­ics Made Rel­at­ively Easy:

In 1999, legendary the­or­et­ic­al phys­i­cist Hans Bethe delivered three lec­tures on quantum the­ory to his neigh­bors at the Kend­al of Ithaca retire­ment com­munity (near Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity). Giv­en by Pro­fess­or Bethe at age 93, the lec­tures are presen­ted here as Quick­Time videos syn­chron­ized with slides of his talk­ing points and archiv­al mater­i­al.

Free­man Dys­on called Bethe the “supreme prob­lem solv­er of the 20th cen­tury.” Com­ing from Dys­on, that’s praise indeed.