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These lectures were delivered by legendary Cornell University theoretical physicist Hans Bethe (1906-2005) in 1999 to his neighbors at a retirement community in Ithaca, New York. The lectures are presented as large or small videos, synchronized with slides of his talking points and archival material, and as audio-only recordings. The lectures, intended for non-experts, make use of limited mathematics while focusing on the personal and historical perspectives of Dr. Bethe, a Nobel Prize winner and one of the principal architects of quantum theory whose career in physics spanned 75 years. The lectures are accompanied by an introduction and appreciation by Bethe's biographer, Professor Silvan S. Schweber, and Professor Emeritus Edwin E. Salpeter, who was a postdoctoral student of Professor Bethe. There is also a brief biography, with photographs of Bethe, and a list of suggestions for related reading.
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