Kids today don’t know how good they have it. Back when I was learning quantum mechanics, the process involved steps like “going to lectures.” Not only did that require physical movement from the comfort of one’s home to dilapidated lecture halls, but — get this — you actually had to be there at some pre-arranged time! Often early in the morning.
These days, all you have to do is fire up the YouTube and watch lectures on your own time. MIT has just released an entire undergraduate quantum course, lovingly titled “8.04” because that’s how MIT rolls. The prof is Allan Adams, who is generally a fantastic lecturer — so I’m suspecting these are really good even though I haven’t actually watched them all myself. Here’s the first lecture, “Introduction to Superposition.”
Allan’s approach in this video is actually based on the first two chapters of Quantum Mechanics and Experience by philosopher David Albert. I’m sure this will be very disconcerting to the philosophy-skeptics haunting the comment section of the previous post.
This is just one of many great physics courses online; I’ve previously noted Lenny Susskind’s GR course. But, being largely beyond my course-taking days myself, I haven’t really kept track. Feel free to suggest your favorites in the comments.