Classical physics is about how things move, why they move, and how they work. It's about making sense of motion, gravity, light, heat, sound, electricity, and magnetism, and seeing how these phenomena interweave to create the rich tapestry of everyday experience. It is, in short, the hidden order of the universe. And if it sounds complicated to you, Professor Pollock hopes you will think again - because you already know more physics than you think, In this mind-expanding series of 24 lectures, Professor Steven Pollock takes you step by step through the great ideas of classical physics, demonstrating that its landmark concepts - such as Newton's laws of motion - are intuitively understood by anyone who has ever ridden a bike, thrown a ball, slid across ice, or simply picked up an object and set it down.
Created over the course of three centuries by a series of brilliant thinkers, including Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, and James Clerk Maxwell, classical physics is an elegant system of ideas that connect a range of seemingly unrelated phenomena - everything from the acceleration of a car, to the orbit of a planet, to the deflection of a compass needle, to the baking of a cake, to the flow of electricity through the light bulb illuminating these words.
All these - and much more - are linked by the basic principles you will learn in these lectures - presented largely without math. Instead, Professor Pollock relies on metaphor, life experience, ordinary logic, and common sense to present the discoveries, theories, insights, methods, and philosophical points of view at the heart of classical physics.
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This is my first comprehensive survey of classical physics. But, I can compare it to a very good Coursera class I took on the principles of mechanical physics. That course focussed on the way things work. This lecture series puts the discoveries of the principles of motion, fields, thermodynamics, and other areas of basic physics into the context of each discoverer's life and personality, the historical thinking at the time, and the impacts of the discoveries. These contexts enriched my understanding of physics in ways I did not expect. The discovered principles are all the more interesting when seen in their human contexts. I learned that what I thought of as"old fashioned" classical physics is the very same modern physics that takes us into space, to the moon, the planets and beyond. I think that "readers" with more knowledge of physics than I have (and those with less) would equally enjoy this lecture series.
No, but I would be happy to listen to him again.
My only wish would be that there were twice as many lectures. I was left hungry for more. Although this series is not meant to leave you filled with mathematical formulae and the "rules" of physics, the professor does refer you to an excellent website with animated details of the physical details. And, I found myself searching the web after every lecture to follow up on his enticing information.
It sheds new and renewed light on high school science class. Goes into more detail. I loved learning more about Newton's upbringing and life.
I more enjoyed the ending when he begins to talk more about modern physics. But, that may have more to do with my personal preferences than a review of the lecture overall.
It's non-fiction. So, this question doesn't make sense. But, I enjoyed learning about conservation of momentum.
Learn the things you forgot to learn in high school science.
It's a good listen. I recommend it if you are interested in classical physics and Newton.
I'm going to teach physics in the fall, so I'm going through some review material over the summer. This teacher does a great job of explaining complicated subjects in a manner very easy to understand.
The lecturer does an excellent job of explaining some of the primary concepts of classical physics. He doesn't use a lot of math in teaching the concepts, rather he helps create a visual of what is actually going on. I am using this series as I go through a physics textbook to help reinforce the concepts that I am learning about.
Excellent Overview of Classical Physics and its historical, conceptual and philosophical structure. Dr. Pollock is an excellent speaker.
I've always had a curiosity about physics but it seemed out of reach. Steven Pollocks teaching style breaks down the complexity of physics and to understandable component s that build upon one another.
If you like physics at all, and want to get a better understanding of fundamental physics this is the 'book' for you. He explains things logically and historically.
The way it's read it sounds like your in his lecture hall, or sitting in your living room, listening him speak to you.
I love his other 'book' on here, about particle physics, but I wish I would have listened to this one first.
Really worth the time and money.
"Fascinating Overview of 300 years of Physics"
This course covers about 250 years of physical theory and experiments, starting from Newtonian mechanics and ending with the beginnings of the quantum and relativistic revolutions. It does so in an engaging and insightful way, without concentrating too much on the mathematics, rather looking at simple everyday examples and easy to understand experiments.
The lecturer is clearly very talented at bringing complex ideas down to a level understandable by the non-scientist and he has chosen some of the most interesting scientific ideas to discuss.
I learned a great deal from this course, and the stuff I knew before was definitely getting rusty. My favourite bit was certainly the explanation of Maxwell's equations, and the connection between electromagnetism and light.
This course is extremely enjoyable and I thoroughly recommend it.
Great ideas of classical physics for regular people; it should say.
Short lectures, about half hour each, so they are easy to pause and leave for letter when your brain starts to overload with information.
That being said, the lectures are amazingly well-written, and not matter how much or how little you know about physics, this series will grip you and leave you wanting more.
really, really recommended. I cannot stress this enough, You should give it a listen.
Good performance by Professor S. Pollock as well. Very happy about that
"Lovely popularisation of classic concepts"
Very nicely presented and inspirational. A revelation for me as I never thought physics can be presented in this way. Don't expect to become a theoretical physicist after this lecture though ... you still need the good old pen and paper and a mountain of practice.
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