A trip down memory lane

Professor Walter Lewin makes you love physics

The physics lectures of Professor Walter Lewin (1936) are a real hit on the internet. They are viewed by about two million people every year. Physicist Walter Lewin is particularly notable for the tests he conducts. With a handful of cigarettes he shows why the sky is blue and the clouds white. Or he will hang from a pendulum. Of course he also deals with formulas, but with the tests he wants to let the students “look through the formula”. Because he says: “What do my students still remember ten years later? Walter Lewin hanging from a pendulum. Then they know for sure that the period of a pendulum is independent of its mass. Not because of the formula, they have forgotten it, but they have seen it! ”

Walter Lewin was born in the Netherlands and went to study physics in Delft after high school. He was pretty good at math at high school, but didn’t see himself doing it for the rest of his life. That is why he chose physics and during his studies it turned out that he thought it was a very nice subject. Lewin received his PhD in nuclear physics after graduating and was then invited to work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States in 1966. He never left there and focused mainly on X-ray astronomy. He researched objects in space using detectors carried by hot air balloons.

Walter Lewin’s own Youtube channel

Since 2015, lewin has his own Youtube channel called “Lectures by Walter Lewin. They will make you ♥ Physics”. Here Lewin vlogs about is life and shares all of his lectures. His farewell lecture “For the love of Physics” is one of his most popular lectures. In 2007, The New York Times featured Lewin on the front page, talking about his massive influence on online education.

In the video you’ll see how passionate Professor Walter Lewin is about his lectures. Even at an older age he talks like a young racehorse.

Even Bill Gates has confessed that he repeatedly viewed the lectures of Professor Lewin.

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