Can you recommend a physics update resource?

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Can you recommend a physics update resource?
« on: 06/08/2012 16:30:01 »
Kaas Baichtal  asked the Naked Scientists:

After listening to your podcast, and the Naked Astronomers and a few others, I have figured out that my college Physics I learned in the late 80's and early 90's is totally out of date.

Can you recommend a book, podcast, or lecture intended to bring people my age up to date? Or at least a list of specific topics to bone up on? Any help is appreciated :)

Thank you!

--Kaas Baichtal
Ashland, WI, USA

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Re: Can you recommend a physics update resource?
« Reply #1 on: 10/08/2012 15:54:34 »
Why not join up :)
And argue, you will get updated soon enough.
There's a lot of good physics sites, but if it is the math you're thinking of?
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Re: Can you recommend a physics update resource?
« Reply #2 on: 10/08/2012 17:38:13 »
The Teaching Company's Great Courses
The DVD sets are pretty expensive. Ask your local librarian what courses are available for free. Maybe you can find some used sets on Ebay.
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Re: Can you recommend a physics update resource?
« Reply #3 on: 11/08/2012 11:55:31 »
I don't want to discourage anyone from learning, but to put it into context:-
In the days of Galileo, it was possible for a few polymaths to be "experts in everything".
However, knowledge has become so specialised since the Industrial Revolution that it is now effectively impossible for any one person to be up to date on everything (but I'm sure Google is working on it!).

By all means, stay up to date with journals and conferences in your own field, and work with some good people from other fields.

But keep an ear open about new discoveries in other fields - the Naked Scientists podcast is a good source, for an audience with a general science background. General science magazines have an online presence, with various subscription schemes (New Scientist and Scientific American are two aimed at a general science background).

When you hear something that interests you, you can look up the original sources on the web - Google will quickly find details, and Google Scholar helps with scientific papers.

Or you can find a simplified explanation on Wikipedia - the references at the end of the article help with further investigation.

As always, take everything with a grain of salt - there is lots of unsupported opinions on the web; even for solid scientific research, the half-life is about 5 years.  So anything you learn today will be partially superseded in 5 years time. In the meantime, welcome to the joy of learning!