Free Knowledge… Free as in Beer… Welcome Academic Earth!

Academic Earth

Academic Earth

I recently stumbled upon this article and was shown the marvel that is Academic Earth.  Academic Earth is a beta service that specializes in providing entire courses of high quality academic video lectures for free via their website.

The site’s main page shows the lectures to have come from the likes of Berkley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale.  Just a quick stroll shows weeks worth of what appears to be pretty valuable content.  Topics include Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology and Religion – many of which contain entire courses worth of material… for free… Free as in beer.

Of course, I am really excited about the Computer Science section – there seems to be a solid line up of topics ranging from introductory to incredibly advanced.  Of course, this is not the first venture into freely available online educational resources (My favorite, for example – OpenCourseWare from MIT), but those visual learners out there (Ew, ew, ew!!! Me, me, me!!!), this is a god-sent!

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