Videotapes of MIT Physics Professor Walter Lewin's lectures for MIT subjects 8.01 and 8.02 (Newtonian Physics and Electricity and Electromagnetism, respectively) were supported from CAES-secured funds from Atlantic Philanthropies and the Lounsbery Foundation. #80, that's a very rational and thoughtful response. When are teachers different than authors? Erase the videos! Isn't that a misnomer. When I showed up at 6-120 before one of his talks, he was loudly barking orders and insults to the assistant who was setting up one of his demos. Why is MIT further going after Prof. Lewis work?? Lewin simply isn't being allowed to represent MIT anymore. The humiliating and painful way that Professor Lewin has been treated in addition to the absurd decision to take down his classes is a disgrace. I am here to say Thank you for all those amazing video lectures. As tasty as the chicken sandwiches were, principle mattered more. I do hope very much that the women victims of Prof Lewin's tweets seek out the healing they deserve in a Survivors of Sexual Innuendo Group. Professor Lewin co-authored with Warren Goldstein the book 'For the Love of Physics' (Free Press, Simon & Schuster), which in 2012 has been translated in 9 languages and will be translated in a total of 11 languages. The more things change the more they stay the same. The sexual harassment case on him was an invention usually done in the for profit institutions with low academic level. Why are so many profs, in so many fields, stringing together adjunct classes at a few grand each to make a living? They were: [2] "tshelsea May I hire you as the CEO? A Z should never be held accountable for their actions. OK, so ruin the OCW experience for everyone? If someone doesn't want to watch his videos knowing about his alleged crimes, they're free to avoid watching them. What was Dr. Lewin's intention when he flirted with the student? Stupid question here: how long did it take you to master drawing a dotted line with chalk the way you do? Since the course videos fall under a Creative Commons license and are not copyrighted to MIT, anyone can collect them and redistribute them. He is brilliant as a lecturer and scientist and has done so much good for physics. And hopefully, the simmering animosity won't one day boil over and scald us all. #7- It's paranoia, not delusion, and paranoia is a very rational emotion. 5. Nobodys talking about that. He was such a fantastic teacher and he was instrumental in my decision to study physics. For the past decade I've been a volunteer data analyst advocate for various public health issues including: Ebola West Africa epidemic, domestic/partner sexual violence, HIV, and more. I am famous for my freshman and sophomore lecture courses in physics, now available online for free. Well, they can try, but Mother Nature is going to have the last say on that. Not to mention that MIT enhanced those videos with the irreplaceable MIT brand name. I find the whole thing very sad. I swear to God if you do that, we are going to faint right here, and, boy, won't you be sorry! Burning the books of the heretic does indeed send a message. This action punishes physics students around the world -- and since future student contact with Prof. Lewin was ostensibly the danger and his email addresses have already been deactivated, I can only wonder what purpose is now served by making this valuable educational resource unavailable. I am a victim here. Beyond him lies the grey zone of financial optimization - a universe where the difference between serious science hard to calibrate, suboptimal products, and outright hoaxes is hard to to delineate - a universe where a vast number of MIT affiliates are operating. If inappropriate flirting with a student is punished as severely as raping the student, do you think that that will reduce rape or increase rape? Zero benifit to mankind. 5. Its 100 seconds from 10 hours of walking on streets of New York City streets. I can see how Prof. Lewin's sense of humor and cheerful attitude toward sexual topics (nude beaches, losing ones "physics virginity") could make some students uncomfortable -- but then again, Prof. Lewin's upbringing was in the Netherlands, and sexual topics -- and also the interaction between professors and students -- may be viewed quite differently there than they are in the United States of 2014. As various people have pointed out, we do not know what Lewin was accused of doing or did. I am famous for my freshman and sophomore lecture courses in physics, now available online for free. This person claimed to have talked to Lewin. Just take a look at all the protests going on right now. That's how these things are usually handled.However, if you manage to make a pattern out of it plus make so many enemies as he did, they will take any opportunity legally available to take you down, even if it takes a long time. Is that you? Yes the videos are available elsewhere, but that's also exactly the case with paper books. MIT is a slave to sheltered middle class women. If he is suffering from dementia, its not as though he can learn from the consequences and modify his behavior. See the complete on profile linkedin. The inductor polarizes the water falling through it, giving each drop a negative charge. An aside: this is not at all like book burning. I've been around people who say sexually inappropriate things in the workplace, though it was actually females who did it. The public needs those great resources. Good luck to you Walter. Severing ongoing ties, fine. This argument that removing one set of introductory physics lectures from the internet is depriving impoverished children of an education is a red herring. Then, MIT paid even more to promote Walter more widely by making him the public face of its first edX physics courses. Think about it. 4. I see this is politically incorrect and empathize with the emotional distress the various comments have caused. The retroactive purge of association, though, seems like public relations bullshit. Instead, they get over the rude, out-of-place, micro-aggression and act like good people, working on themselves and contributing to the people around them. We share the joy of the pursuit, but the journey is illuminated by a non self-referential light. 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However, sexual harassment may also consist of unwanted physical contact, requests for sexual favors, visual displays of degrading sexual images, sexually suggestive conduct, or offensive remarks of a sexual nature.". But there is no way you deny everything he has done to the school and to many generations of MIT students, remove all of his work is not a way to solve this incident. I.e. Do you really think no one had heard of MIT before Walter Lewin came along? Yes, maybe this is just MIT's administrations being PC and freaking out, but it's just as easy to assume what this guy did was absolutely unacceptable and traumatic for those victims involved. Prof. Lewis was officially cast away and publicly shamed. As an educator, I fully support the investigation that occurred after this allegation, however without knowledge of the evidence at hand that MIT used as part of their investigation, speculating that he called a student "honey" would be far from responsible. Wherever life evolves, dumb women destroy it by their retardness combined with the innate goodwill of men. 4. Lewin - Publications. speak their mind) to other men, and often feel they have to be extra careful when dealing with women because they could hurt some feelings (or even be accused of sexism). If you think someone who gets creeped out by a "sexist" or "racist" comment is in control of anything, you are quite naive. Having them interact with Walter will destroy these young promising african american lives, so that they can never reach their full potential. Nothing can be really deleted from the internet - it just doesn't work that way. I'm an old crust who just dropped by. It's an interesting dynamic, and the end result is less learning physics, and more getting offended. 8.02 has had a 40-50% attendance rate, even with spectacularly good lecturers (e.g. I was taking psychology as additional classes, and gave it up the following year. I come from a country that fortunately has a different tradition and takes the personality of the person and all other circumstances into account when judging and giving penalties. Should we destroy the writings of authors who turn out to have committed similar offenses? Since the lecture videos can continue to be available without any possibility of students contacting Professor Lewin or, more to the point, his being able to contact any students, they pose no threat to students. The material is very important for everyone who wants to learn about the subjects he teaches. Fix the policy if you don't want dismissive responses to its application. Your ideology did, by promoting drunken hook-ups and censoring honest discussion about sex harassment/assault. This does not seem to appropriately allocate the consequences and harms many more in the process. Lewin's lectures, for "Electricity and Magnetism," an MIT physics course, held first place in the list for the last week in June, over Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' Commencement address at Stanford, in second place the same week. Have I somehow reached the disbelief and bargaining stages of grief? I feel I could almost write a book detailing how MIT has degenerated over the years I've been here. Putting an end to this status quo is a significant and bold step towards equality and equal access of STEM education to women. The incident of harassment was an on-line exchange! #194 said: "Walter Lewin has been the architect of his own downfall.". Every corner I turn I see my female colleagues getting sexually harassed, maybe because they just can't push as hard to the front of the cupcake line, or maybe because they don't have enough time to study because they need to apply makeup. If Walter Lewin doesn't open a water company called Wally Walter's Water then what's the point. However, the limiting nature of online interaction coupled with the structure of EdX limits the scope of possible harassment. Even if Prof. Lewin "had it coming", was a "swaggering giant", or "there are other online physics courses out there". Despite what has happened, Professor Lewin was and always will be a truly amazing professor. My post was not self-contradictory. It doesn't appear that the majority of the commenters have any idea what what Dr. Lewin did to elicit these sanctions from MIT. So the text is not easily substituted. I am extremely proud to call MIT my school right now! We saw it, he was warned about it, but never listened. Saying that online harassment is one on/off button away from being stopped puts the burden on the victim to stop or avoid the harassment which entirely misses the point that the harasser shouldnt be harassing in the first place and should be accountable for their actions. #250 I agree that the level of his brilliance shouldn't be a factor in the judgment of the case. Let the discussion continue until MIT acts to resolve the situation in a more competent manner. He can give them away, charge money for them, or exchange them for topless photos of prospective students. None of us knows what Dr. Lewin did to generate MIT's response. . Though I never met Dr. Lewin, he seems like a great person. Suppose his offense was both grievous and egregious, the equivalent of raping and butchering a child, then eating the remains on a live video feed. Lewin's twitter logs (see #127) show that he clearly violated MIT policy. 206 wrote: "After speaking with him [Lewin]...". Einstein's speed that cannot exceed c has been postulated, it cannot be proven. But How logical it is to take down one's previous achievements of while life just for a silly common human error. As a well known academic scholar, Walter Lewin is known by many and if the videos were to remain live, the message sent to those thousands of students would be one of indifference towards these crimes. Also, to all the folks who refer to these allegations as unproven, we dont know that either. #278, #292, #307 - THANK YOU. The first things to go are usually short term memory (can't learn new things but knows old things just fine - for a while) and inhibition (impulsiveness, inappropriate actions and statements, etc.) The art stands on its own. Speaking as an alum, a physics prof and educator, and someone who knew him from the department, I'm glad to see MIT move on. https://twitter.com/walter_lewin/status/346435591916883968. The media is complicit as well. There's no offensive content there. Ladies, you know this happens all the time. Having learned physics without the aid of Walter, I can assure you that his video lectures are not a necessary part of learning introductory physics. I wish more women would be as brave as this woman. I'm a female in STEM, so I don't take these things lightly. No one is above them. I suspect that Walter crossed the line in a very serious way. To the contrary, millions have attested to their brilliant teaching techniques. A working wife must drop her paycheck and go to MIT instead. President Reif, even though you never attended MIT as a student, many of the panel in the decision were in EECS where you were dept. They have taken away Prof. Lewin's right to free speech and now they are taking yours. 1. But I've calmed down and I've started thinking. Someone took it down today. I can only imagine how upsetting this whole case must be if you know Walter Lewin personally..my actual opinion is logged at comment #194. Was there no better way to handle this whole matter ? I think this is a big problem of our digital era - we don't own physical copies of these lectures, and so it's possible to "take them down". If a person abuses their position to take advantage of students, they don't deserve to keep that privileged position. But, he's had something a long time coming, and now it's here. Still, whether or not it's justified firing Lewin, these offenses do not justify taking down the videos and destroying the rest of the course content. Unfortunately, the tenor of about half the comments here -- the exploding with rage, the vitriol, the broad-spectrum attacks on "social justice", moral this-and-that, and the general idea that it's a big deal when women are treated poorly at your university...this is a demonstration of why MIT needs to make the point. It leaves no room or incentive for apology and/or correction of behavior (assuing it occurred), and leaves the impression that everything is black or white without shades of grey. Professor Walter Lewin, who teaches an introductory physics course at MIT, has become an internet celebrity thank to … Dr. Lewin is 78 years old. I've watched 30-some courses worth of online lectures (I'm sure there are others here who've seen more), and his is the best presentation of EM I've encountered. Can a teacher be demoted to author without limiting access and discrediting the value of their prior works? I'm Professor ShmakovaSubmit a Correction. This is grim business. It is little surprise a feeble, naive 78 year old who has devoted his retirement to helping others is ex-communicated, and his materials crossed out, for an undisclosed impropriety with a person online. The situation raises these additional questions: 1) What status and rights are afforded to teaching material published by MIT faculty and staff? Surely, the recorded versions can no longer cause any harm to anybody!! They grasp at reasons to downplay and dismiss others' concerns about the overreaching totality of MIT's decisions because it suits their political agenda. 6. So MIT can play the diversity game all it wants, but there is a huge price to be paid for it. This female destroyed dozens of potential great scientists lives on this boring shit. The fact that in cases like this the default is to assume that accusers are being oversensitive or lying instead of to assume that the situation was serious and they are telling the truth gets very tiresome and is a way of telling women that we can't be trusted or taken seriously. I came to know about him only after i enrolled his edx courses. I don't believe that they would do this over something insignificant - why would they? 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