Richard Murray California Institute of Technology Richard Murray: The DARPA Grand Challenge on: Caltech Richard Murray, professor of mechanical engineering, discussed the DARPA Grand Challenge desert road race from Los Angeles to Las Vegas that took place in March. Caltech undergraduates modified a 1996 Chevy Tahoe, nicknamed Bob, to autonomously drive the 250-mile course in 10 hours or less for the $1 million grand prize.
E. O. Wilson Harvard University Edward O. Wilson on: Google Video Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor emeritus at Harvard. His awards include the National Medal of Science and two Pulitzer Prizes.
Everyday Science: Wobbly World on: sciencelive We are surrounded by air molecules, jostling each other. Each time something moves, it exerts a push on that air around it and a compression wave travels out from that object. A continuous series of compressions is called a sound wave and the frequency of the compressions determines how it interacts with the world. The world around us is wobbling all the time but we can only detect vibrations of 20-20,000 Hz. However, this still lets us hear the shapes of things...
The Fog of War: Robert S. McNamara and Errol Morris in Discussion on: UC Berkeley Webcasts The Fog of War is the story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. One of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, he takes us on a insider's journey through many of the seminal events of the 20th Century. As American forces occupy Iraq and the possibility of additional military conflicts loom large, The Fog of War is essential viewing for anyone who wants to understand how the American government justifies the use of military force. Combining extraordinary archival footage, recreations, newly declassified White House recordings, and an original score by the Oscar nominated composer Philip Glass, the film is a disquieting and powerful essay on war, rationality, and the nature of history itself.
Authors@Google: Steve Wozniak on: Google Video Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discusses his new book iWoz as part of the Authors@Google speaker series. The book chronicles his experiences founding Apple and taking part in Silicon Valley's boom period.
E. O. Wilson Harvard University Edward O. Wilson Lecture on: YouTube The Lavin Agency presents Edward O Wilson, one of the world's most influential scientists and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Ants, On Human Nature, Consilience and The Creation. He discusses economic analysis of natural resources, the natural economy and the market economy.
Helen Fisher Rutgers University The Drive to Love : The Biology and Evolution of Romantic Love on: Swarz Foundation Why do we fall in love? Can humans really experience love at first sight? Why do we prefer one person over another? Anthropologist and author Helen Fisher will address these age-old questions and more as she shares her insight into how the brain shapes how we love.
The Road Less Taken: The Technology Transitions of Suhas Patil on: In the 1960s at MIT, he built one of the first online information management systems on the CTSS timesharing system. In the 1970s he built a silicon compiler. In the early 1980s, Suhas pioneered the fabless semiconductor revolution with the founding of Cirrus Logic. Now as chairman of Cradle Technologies, he is hoping to launch the next major change in the industry with a soft silicon, computational approach to achieving silicon functionality in integrated circuits.
Interview on: The Vega Science Trust Gerardus 't Hooft, the Netherlands shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1999 with Martinus J.F. Veltman, the Netherlands 'for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions in physics'
Andrew Fire Stanford University Interview on: Nobelprize.org Interview with the 2006 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Andrew Z. Fire and Craig C. Mello, 6 December 2006. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
Michael Dickinson California Institute of Technology How Flies Fly: A Systems-level, Integrative Approach on: Caltech Michael Dickinson, Esther M. and Abe M. Zarem Professor of Bioengineering , Caltech, presented this lecture as part of the 9th Annual Industry Day, sponsored by the NSF Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering at Caltech.
Richard Feynman California Institute of Technology Lecture 1: Photons, Corpuscles of Light on: Vega Science Trust A gentle lead-in to the subject, Feynman starts by discussing photons and their properties. Simply the best physics lecturer of all time, in top form.
Richard A. Muller Berkeley Physics 10- Lecture 04: Gravity and Satellites II on: Physics 10: Physics for Future Presidents Spring 2006. Professor Richard A. Muller. The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with application to current events.
Erk Antonsson California Institute of Technology, JPL Advanced Technology for Space Exploration on: Caltech In the inaugural Victor Wouk Lecture, Erik Antonsson, chief technologist at JPL and professor of mechanical engineering at Caltech, provided an overview of the JPL Strategic Technology Plan, along with highlights of recent successes and future missions.
S. Carroll University of Chicago Cosmology for particle physicists Part V on: CERN The past few years have seen dramatic breakthroughs and spectacular and puzzling discoveries in astrophysics and cosmology. We know much about the universe, but understand very little. Open questions include the nature of the dark matter and dark energy, the origin of the matter/antimatter asymmetry, the possibility of inflation, and the role of string theory and extra dimensions in the early universe. All of these issues impact strongly on, and will be heavily influenced by, upcoming experiments in particle physics.