intro video thumbnail Introduction
12 minutes
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lecture 1 video thumbnail Lecture 1
49 minutes
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lecture 2 video thumbnail Lecture 2
43 minutes
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lecture 3 video thumbnail Lecture 3
49 minutes
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outro video thumbnail Appreciation
20 minutes
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Three Lectures by Hans Bethe

IN 1999, legendary theoretical physicist Hans Bethe delivered three lectures on quantum theory to his neighbors at the Kendal of Ithaca retirement community (near Cornell University). Given by Professor Bethe at age 93, the lectures are presented here as streaming videos synchronized with slides of his talking points and archival material.

Intended for an audience of Professor Bethe's neighbors at Kendal, the lectures hold appeal for experts and non-experts alike. The presentation makes use of limited mathematics while focusing on the personal and historical perspectives of one of the principal architects of quantum theory whose career in physics spans 75 years.

A video introduction and appreciation are provided by Professor Silvan S. Schweber, the physicist and science historian who is Professor Bethe's biographer, and Edwin E. Salpeter, the J. G. White Distinguished Professor of Physical Science Emeritus at Cornell, who was a post-doctoral student of Professor Bethe.

Concerning the Videos

The Videos reside in the Cornell University Library Digital Repository eCommons@Cornell (http://ecommons.library.cornelll.edu) and are presented here in a streaming format. Many other videos and materials concerning Hans Bethe can be found in eCommons. Check out the Hans Bethe collection at http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/handle/1813/14146.