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If you are interested in what makes the universe tick, then you can do no better than to browse this selection of work presented by the best physics teachers from around the world.

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Richard P. Feynman
Richard P. Feynman

Richard P. Feynman is one of the most venerated American physicists of the late 20th century. While physics was his main claim to fame -and his list of accomplishments were many- he was also a gifted and adventurous writer, bringing the world of mathematics to everyday people in an accessible fashion.
Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

Stephen W. Hawking is the foremost theoretical physicist of his generation. In spite of being disabled by Motor Neurone Disease, he is highly active in physics, writing, and public life. His two major books available on audio, A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell are now classic best-sellers.

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Brian Greene on String Theory
 
Brian Greene on String Theory
by Brian Greene

Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.
A Briefer History of Time
A Briefer History of Time
by Stephen Hawking

This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its author’s wish to make its content more accessible to readers –as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings.
CBC Radio: Quirks and Quarks Segmented Show Podcast
CBC Radio: Quirks and Quarks Segmented Show Podcast
by Bob McDonald

Join host Bob McDonald each week to find out the latest in science, technology, medicine and the environment.
Complexity and Chaos
Complexity and Chaos
by Roger White

Newtonian physics described a regular, clock-like world of forces and reaction; randomness was equated with incomplete knowledge.
Dr. Quantum Presents: A User's Guide to Your Universe
Dr. Quantum Presents: A User's Guide to Your Universe
by Fred Alan Wolf

Matter can move backward and forward in time. Objects may be in two places at once. Simply looking at an event can alter it instantaneously." Quantum physics is an astounding (and mind-boggling) field of science—but can you actually use it to change your life?
E=mc2
E=mc2
by David Bodanis

In this lucid and brilliant book, one of the best popularizers of science illuminates one of science's most complex concepts.
Einstein & the Mind of God
 
Einstein & the Mind of God
by Paul Davies

Part one of this series takes Einstein's science as a starting point for exploring the great physicist's perspective on ideas such as mystery, eternity, and the mind of God.
Einstein's Revolution
Einstein's Revolution
by John T. Sanders

Isaac Newton's world had operated in a fixed, rigid, "absolute" framework of space and time. Yet discoveries about electromagnetism in the late nineteenth century created new and troubling inconsistencies.
Einstein: His Life and Universe
Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson

From the bestselling author of "Benjamin Franklin" comes the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available--a fully realized portrait of this extraordinary human being and great genius.
The First Three Minutes
The First Three Minutes
by Steven Weinberg

Now updated with a major new afterword that incorporates the latest cosmological research, this classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel Prize-winning physicist explains what happened when the universe began—and how we know.
Great Ideas of Classical Physics
Great Ideas of Classical Physics
by Steven Pollock

There is a hidden order in the ceaselessly changing world around us. It's called classical physics, and it's about how the world is put together.
The Hidden Reality
The Hidden Reality
by Brian Greene

There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many.
Isaac Newton's New Physics
Isaac Newton's New Physics
by Gordon Brittan

Newton was a natural philosopher (the word "scientist" had not yet been coined) who described a planetary system held together by gravitational forces.
NOVA E=mc2 - PBS Podcast
NOVA E=mc2 - PBS Podcast
by WGBH Science Unit

To celebrate the centennial of Einstein's E = mc2, NOVA asked 10 top physicists--two Nobel Prize winners among them--how they would describe the equation to curious non-physicists.
Physics I: Classical Mechanics
 
Physics I: Classical Mechanics
by Walter Lewin

8.01 is a first-semester freshman physics class in Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory.
Physics in Your Life
 
Physics in Your Life
by Richard Wolfson

Why does a curve ball curve? Why does ice float? What’s the perfect way to cook egg custard? How do CDs and DVDs work? Why don’t your legs break when you jump off a chair? What keeps a moving bicycle from falling over?
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
by Richard P. Feynman

"The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the world."
Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World
 
Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World
by Benjamin Schumacher

Quantum Mechanics is generously illustrated with diagrams, demonstrations, and experiments and is taught by a professor who is both a riveting lecturer and a pioneer in the field, for Professor Schumacher is an innovator in the exciting new discipline of quantum information.
Relativity: The Special and General Theory
Relativity: The Special and General Theory
by Albert Einstein

This is an introduction to Einstein's space-bending, time-stretching theory of Relativity, written by the master himself.
Richard Dawkins: The Universe is Queerer Than We Can Suppose
 
Richard Dawkins: The Universe is Queerer Than We Can Suppose
by Richard Dawkins

Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.
Richard Feynman: The Character of Physical Law
 
Richard Feynman: The Character of Physical Law
by Richard P. Feynman

Project Tuva is an enhanced video player platform released by Microsoft Research to host the Messenger Lectures series titled The Character of Physical Law given at Cornell University by Richard Feynman in 1964 and recorded by the BBC.
The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything
by Stephen Hawking

The Theory of Everything is a unique opportunity to explore the cosmos with the greatest mind since Einstein...

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