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Stanford University now has a Youtube channel, with free access to HD video of full courses on everything from dynamical systems to quantum entanglement. More conferences and workshops are videotaping their talks. What are videos online that you think everyone should know about?

I'll seed this with a few answers to presentations that are mostly expository, but what I'm hoping might happen is that this community wiki could turn into a resource to share excellent presentations of new research, as well as a place to learn (or reinforce) background in an unfamiliar area.

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  • $\begingroup$ Microsoft Research also has a youtube channel. I also like Dominic Verity's talk on category theory for programmers. Asking everyone to watch the same material seems like a bad idea because it will reduce diversity and increase groupthink. $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2013 at 21:46
  • $\begingroup$ Do we have any videos lectures related to basic approximation and randomized algorithms. $\endgroup$
    – Kumar
    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:56
  • $\begingroup$ Can someone make an ongoing thread for the latest conference/workshop talks? IPCO, ICALP, STOC, FOCS etc that are available online? $\endgroup$
    – Hao S
    May 24, 2022 at 17:25

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TCS+ (an online biweekly seminar series, using Google Hangouts as medium), has a YouTube Channel, as well as a listing of previous lectures:

https://sites.google.com/site/plustcs/past-talks

(This listing also includes the slides of the talks).

The topics are quite diverse, and meant to cover all areas of TCS.

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General CS videos, found some good ones on here: http://lecturefox.com/computerscience/

Not restricted to Computing but good nonetheless: http://mitworld.mit.edu/

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  • $\begingroup$ That's a great link for videos, however a better link would be to say which of these videos are worth the watch (or maybe they are all?) $\endgroup$
    – Gopi
    Oct 26, 2011 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ I liked the Donald Knuth's lectures linked to on the lecturefox site (he created TeX amongst his other achievements) scpd.stanford.edu/knuth/index.jsp and on the mitworld site I liked I liked the "Computing for Everyone" lecture though I suspect they are all pretty good. $\endgroup$ Nov 7, 2011 at 12:42
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Original - Structure and Implementaion of Computer Programs (SICP) by Hal Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/classes/6.001/abelson-sussman-lectures/

If you have trouble with downloading all of the videos - you can dowload them from archive.org (on archive.org some links are not show up). http://jcubic.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/abelson-sussman/

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Videos of talks by several Abel, Fields and Turing laureates at Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

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The set of lectures by Ryan O'Donnell on Analysis of Boolean Functions, taught in 2012 at CMU, is really nice: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~odonnell/aobf12/ The page includes the video recording of each lecture.

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Sipser gave a nice Clay Public Lecture on P vs. NP entitled "Beyond Computation"

http://www.claymath.org/public_lectures/sipser.php

and there is another one by Vijaya Ramachandra

http://claymath.msri.org/pversusnp.mov

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The archive of recorded seminars of the Perimeter Institute is both useful and entertaining.

The Qubit Lab is a Youtube channel that explains advanced topics on quantum information and computation at children level, but it's also very enjoyable if you are an adult.

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The Richard Feynman YouTube video on magnets. Revealing how one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century cannot explain the force of magnetism (action at a distance) in terms of a simple mechanical procedure. "Yes Richard, I know there is a field there, but how does the field physically move the magnet "?

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This is not a TCS playlist, but it does have some interesting parts where they try to formalize some concepts. And I believe that it can be intercepted with natural computing, information theory and learning theory.

Complexity Explorer: Origins of Life

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