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It can be difficult to learn mathematics on your own from textbooks, and I often wish universities videotaped their mathematics courses and distributed them for free online. Fortunately, some universities do that (albeit to a very limited extent), and I hope we can compile here a list of all the mathematics courses one can view in their entirety online.

Please only post videos of entire courses; that is, a speaker giving one lecture introducing a subject to the audience should be off-limits, but a sequence of, say, 30 hour-long videos, each of which is a lecture delivered in a class would be very much on-topic.

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Some list can be fetched from the ancient post – Unknown Feb 5 '11 at 19:00
+100 if I could. I always wanted to have them in summers. – Unknown Feb 5 '11 at 23:11

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Ted Chinburg has videos of his lectures for what is going on a 2 year course in algebraic number theory online( direct links to videos: semester 1, semester 2, semester 3, semester 4), and from there you can also get lectures from various seminars at Penn.

Also, there's the MSRI database for all the things that go on there, they're all over the website at each program's site.

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Thanks! I edit your post to include direct link to the video list of each semester; I hope you don't mind. – alex Feb 5 '11 at 22:59
Chalk and board presentation... Am I alone who can't stand them anymore, no matter the merit? – Tegiri Nenashi Feb 13 '11 at 2:22
You probably are! I can't stand anything other than chalk and board! – David FernandezBreton May 16 '12 at 22:22
There are more recent videos on his homepage, but they are quite badly edited. One moment the blackboard is blank, and then all of a sudden it jumps to a board full of a completely unrelated topic! I don't know why the links to past courses have been removed... – mlbaker Aug 23 '13 at 22:54
Anyone know the status of these? I recently pointed a student to these, only to find all of the links were down. – Cam McLeman Jun 3 '14 at 14:20

77 videos on Category theory.

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what order should this stuff be watched in ? – jaska Apr 22 '15 at 19:29

The lecture videos of Introduction to Abstract Algebra, taught by Benedict Gross at Harvard, can be downloaded here.

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For what it's worth, my own University of Toronto 2009 course on Algebraic Knot Theory.

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Thanks!$~~~~~~~$ – alex Feb 6 '11 at 1:59

Here are some of my favorites :

  1. Sidney Coleman's Quantum Field Theory

  2. Shiraz Minwalla's String Theory

  3. MIT OCW

  4. Videos to short courses at some workshops can be found at IAS and MSRI

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Algebraic topology by Prof. N J Wildberger of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW

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I'd steer clear of these. Besides his nontraditional views, they're just not very good (they're elementary, not really very rigorous, and due to the above don't cover the same material as you'd see in a normal treatment of the material). – Julian Jul 21 '13 at 3:44
Being nontraditional isn't a bad thing. He clearly explains his approach and covers interesting, engaging content. I also don't think that an undergraduate algebraic topology course at the level he is going for (covering in fact a large chunk of material) needs to have ever thing detailed in a grad style level of rigor. Very few undergrads get most of the material he introduces. – Zach Haney Aug 9 '15 at 4:34

Miles Reid's lectures on Algebraic Geometry and Algebraic Surfaces.

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Are they as much filled with side blows as his book? – darij grinberg Feb 7 '11 at 18:16
I like very much his books (including side blows). The lectures are witty.. – pi2000 Feb 7 '11 at 18:45
Thanks, that's fantastic. – alex Feb 7 '11 at 19:59
how do I view these lectures? I'm unable to open them. – john Dec 30 '11 at 12:02
You can watch them with Windows Media Player. – pi2000 Jan 15 '12 at 9:43

Gilbert Strang's course on Linear Algebra at MIT.

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Geometric Representation Theory Seminar - Fall 2007 by John Baez and James Dolan

This fall, our seminar is tackling geometric representation theory — the marvelous borderland where geometry, groupoid theory and logic merge into a single subject. The seminar is jointly run by John Baez and James Dolan. Besides explaining well-known stuff, we'll report on research we've done with Todd Trimble over the last few years.

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Is anyone else having trouble getting audio from the videos? I'm pretty sure that the audio worked just fine for me back in '07 when I originally watched these, but now I don't hear anything. I tried streaming the videos in Chrome, in Firefox, downloading and opening with the standalone QuickTime application, as well as opening with VLC. The video shows up just fine but no audio from any of them. Running Windows 7. – Dan Kneezel Sep 14 '11 at 21:08

The Fourier Transform and Its Applications, taught by Brad Osgood at Stanford.

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This links to the lecture notes and not to the video. – Giuseppe Negro Oct 19 '15 at 20:40

Coursera offers not just the videos, but entire courses: I'm currently following Probabilistic Graphical Models, which has weekly exercises and programming projects (which are marked by an autograder), plus community discussion boards and a wiki for collaborating with other students pursuing the course at the same time. Although you could presumably just create an account towards the end of term, archive off all the videos and then watch them at your leisure rather than trying to match the (reasonably demanding) schedule.

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I took a Cryptography course there and it was good! Also, it seems like it is growing quite fast with more and more courses added. Definitely recommended to take a look. – Ng Yong Hao Jul 19 '12 at 2:29

This might not fulfill the requirements of being a mathematics course, but I think that it is close enough. In 2006 the Clay Mathematics Institute hosted a Summer School in Arithmetic Geometry. The videos are great if you have a solid foundation in algebraic geometry already and wish to continue in the direction of arithmetic geometry .

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Carmen Rovi's DailyMotion website has 160+ videos on the topology of manifolds in general, and surgery theory in particular, of lectures either given at the University of Edinburgh or at conferences elsewhere. Some of the lectures are courses, and some are one-offs. The November 2012 Edinburgh course of 12 lectures by Rob Kirby on high-dimensional manifold topology is a particular highlight.

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Plenty of short courses given at workshops can be found in the Newton Institute archive at

Here is the link:

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MIT's Open Courseware is a very good source of this

I personally recommend the differential equations course they have.

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Introduction to Algorithms, taught at MIT by Charles Leiserson and Erik Demaine.

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Graduate course on Computational Complexity and Quantum Compuation given at Cambridge University by Timothy Gowers.

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David Gay gave a graduate course on Morse Theory at the University of Georgia this spring and the videos are compiled together in a YouTube playlist at Morse Theory: UGA 2012. Notes for his course are also online on the course website.

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Here is an ongoing series of videos covering Point-Set Topology that is planned to continue indefinitely.

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At my YouTube site Insights into Mathematics ( I have playlists on

Rational Trigonometry

Linear Algebra

Math Foundations

History of Mathematics

Universal Hyperbolic Geometry

Algebraic Topology (this was mentioned above)

Elementary Mathematics (K-6)

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The San Francisco State University hosts large number of course videos on various subjects including:

$\cdot$42 videos on Coxeter Groups

$\cdot$41 videos on Discrete Geometry

$\cdot$18 on Dynamical Systems

$\cdot$16 on Lie Algebras

$\cdot$43 on Matroid Theory

$\cdot$28 on Real Analysis I and II $\ldots$

All you need to do is click on the drop down menu "List all courses".

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The link seems to be broken, but the author (last seen over 3 years ago) might have meant to link here: – Todd Trimble Oct 19 '15 at 11:50

Lectures on Real Analysis, from Bilkent University (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexandre Gontcharov):

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MSRI's online videos. These do not consist of courses, but each semester is themed so the videos offer good exposure to many areas of current research.

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This duplicates part of Verma (on the other hand, Hill had a better MSRI link at first). What should I do...? – David Corwin Jan 6 '13 at 23:01

A course on Lie groups taught by Erik van den Ban at Utrecht University.

The parent directory contains a few more bachelor level courses, but these are in Dutch.

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The Eilenberg Lectures at Columbia. So far, the topics have been:

  • Benedict Gross, on number theory and representation theory
  • Edward Frenkel, on Langlands program and quantum field theory
  • Sergiu Klainerman, on the mathematical theory of general relativity
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