Learn By Doing

A Lifelong Learner Shares Thoughts About Education

Someone needs to sit you down and give you a good lecture:
No extra credit, but if you’re a believer in lifelong learning, here’s some study material. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View has posted a treasure chest of videos from its lectures and events on YouTube. Here’s your chance to get Eric Schmidt’s perspective on tech leadership, or listen to computer pioneer Robert Kahn talk about the birth of Arpanet, or catch last week’s panel discussion on the impact of the Commodore 64.

If that’s not enough, now you, too, can enjoy the lectures of an MIT
cult favorite, 71-year-old physics professor Walter H. G. Lewin, who, according to the New York Times,
delivers his lessons “with the panache of Julia Child bringing French
cooking to amateurs and the zany theatricality of YouTube’s greatest
hits.” He has been known to swing on a giant pendulum, ride a fire-extinguisher-propelled tricycle, and shoot a cannon loaded with a golf ball at a stuffed monkey
wearing a bulletproof vest. Lewin says that “what really counts is to
make them love physics, to make them love science,” and now that some
of his classes are available free on MIT’s OpenCourseWare,
he’s able to spread the love much further. As a 62-year-old florist
from San Diego wrote in fan mail, “I walk with a new spring in my step
and I look at life through physics-colored eyes.”

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