Topics in String Theory Stanford

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In this Winter course, we will continue an exploration of string theory with Leonard Susskind, the physicist who first developed this important theory that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity. In particular, the course will focus on string theory with regard to important issues in contemporary physics. Topics will include: 1) the impact of string theory on the pursuit of black holes; 2) the string theory landscape and the implications for cosmology; and 3) the Holographic Principle and its applications.

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1. Topics in String Theory Lecture 1 (January 10, 2011)
Leonard Susskind gives a lecture on the string theory and particle physics. (January 10, 2011)

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2. Topics in String Theory Lecture 2 (January 17, 2011)
Leonard Susskind describes the special theory of relativity and focuses on showing how it connects to string theory. He considers concepts such as spacetime and some of Einstein's original concepts. (January 17, 2011)

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3. Topics in String Theory Lecture 3 (January 24, 2011)
Leonard Susskind uses the most complex math that will be used in the course with the hopes that it will give a better idea of how a black whole works mathematically. (January 24, 2011)

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4. Topics in String Theory Lecture 4 (January 31, 2011)
Leonard Susskind gives a lecture on string theory and particle physics that focuses on the geometry of a black hole near the horizon. (January 31, 2011)

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5. Topics in String Theory Lecture 5 (February 7, 2011)
Leonard Susskind gives a lecture on string theory and particle physics that focuses again on black holes and how light behaves around a black hole. He uses his own theories to mathematically explain the behavior of a black hole. (February 7, 2011)

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6. Topics in String Theory Lecture 6 (February 14, 2011)
Leonard Susskind gives a lecture on string theory and particle physics that focuses on how string theory gives a resolution to the question regarding the entropy in a black hole. (February 14, 2011)
Customer Reviews
Topics in String Theory
This is great, truly great! You don't need a math or science background to understand the lectures. Everyone should understand the knowldge that is out their, and these lectures puts it in a way that everyone can.
Susskind's lecture series
Prof. Susskind's lecture series is truly wonderful. If the physics articles in popular science magazines generally leave you wanting more, but your college math is a bit rusty, this series is for you. Susskind develops just enough of the math to give students a feel what the real issues are in contemporary physics, without overwhelming them. Barely remember how to do derivatives and integrals? Never really understood much of trig, logs, group theory or matrix algebra? Never fear  Susskind develops just enough of all of these to explain the outlines of contemporary physics, using clear arguments and frequent diagrams. You're not going to get a PHD watching these lectures, but with some not too great effort you will come to understand much more about relativity, quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory than you can get from reading the science section of your local newspaper or any of the pop science magazines. One word of warning  start at the beginning and take your time. The lectures build and gradually gather strength. But you will be thrilled. No Uncertainty Principle about it.