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The Legend: Walter Lewin’s Last Lecture (Video)

I don’t think I understand the universe and life. I don’t know what they do, where they come from, where they go, what they carry or don’t carry in them. I believe that this thing standing in front of me, even surrounding me, is a huge enigma. I feel like I can’t figure out what’s the most, and what’s not, and even worse, even if I figure out something, I can’t convince myself that I’m solving it.

Now you’re going to say, or you’d going to say, what does all this have to do with Walter Lewin? I don’t know, I guess not; I mean, it actually exists, but I don’t know exactly if what exists needs to be described in this way. If you’ve read this far and maintained your existence without souring your face, let me try to explain what I mean by deviating less from the winding roads.

I don’t think science is just a set of laws that need to be memorized. I’ve been in science for as long as I can remember, but more accurately, I find a side of scientific thinking that excites me: I don’t need to convince myself that I’ve discovered a truth in science. It’s not that I make such great discoveries, of course, it’s only in cases where I follow scientific thought that it’s possible to come to a right or wrong conclusion. At least scientists do it, and I can put it somewhere in my head when I follow this whole process stubbornly and perseveringly.

To be more specific, which I do, I wonder how the universe works. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about such big questions (at least not here), but I’m interested in how even simple everyday things happen, and the answers to them also tell scientific thinking. Of course, science can be wrong, incomplete, scientists can somehow fall under the yoke of authorities, act with certain ideologies; but I find scientific thinking exciting as a form of vision and understanding, not what I mean.

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But for all this excitement to happen, it takes something very important: you need to know the science, how it works, what it does. Just now, a few lines above, as I said, science must be something beyond memorizing the main laws laid out. In order to achieve this, you need teachers who tell their students about science well, and even popularize science to people who are not students. I’m sure the name Richard Feynman has already appeared in the minds of those who are more or less familiar with what I’m saying. Yeah, I’m talking about people like that. Especially when it comes to physics, I’m not talking about teachers who strangle a person like there’s a huge and terrible monster across the street and sort out endless formulas, but about those who whip up the student’s curiosity and interest.

No doubt Walter Lewin is one of those names. Someone who prepares 40-60 hours for a single lesson, repeatedly rehearses in an empty amp and tries to fit the subject he has to teach for 1 hour and tries to prove everything he says in the middle of the class with experiments. He is someone who tells about his lessons until the age of 75, publishes many of his lessons for free on the internet, still tries to make daily videos on his own YouTube channel, almost never loses his energy. Someone who rises to the top of the pendulum, who even risks his life in experiments to show that physics works.

Now I’ll leave you to the video. Enjoy the show.

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