The Theoretical Minimum courses include a core sequence of six courses, plus a set of supplemental courses that teach additional related material. The core sequence is currently being repeated with Statistical Mechanics being taught during Spring quarter, 2013.
Course Catalogue
Supplemental courses and lectures elaborate on the topics taught in the core sequence, or provide a different perspective on the subject.

Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Fall, 2013Building on Professor Susskind’s previous Continuing Studies courses on quantum mechanics, this course will explore the various types of quantum systems that occur in nature, from harmonic oscillators to atoms and molecules, photons, and quantum fields. Students will learn what it means for an... more 
Higgs Boson
Summer, 2012This is a single lecture in which Professor Susskind explains the physics of the Higgs Boson shortly after the discovery of this famous particle was announced. (Image credit: CMS Experiment at the ... more 
Quantum Entanglement
Fall, 2006The old Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics associated with Niels Bohr is giving way to a more profound interpretation based on the idea of quantum entanglement. Entanglement not only replaces the obsolete notion of the collapse of the wave function but it is also the basis for Bell's... more 
Relativity
Spring, 2007 
Particle Physics 1: Basic Concepts
Fall, 2009Revolutionary new concepts about elementary particles, space and time, and the structure of matter began to emerge in the mid1970s. Theory got far ahead of experiment with radical new ideas such as grand unification and supersymmetry, but the concepts have never been experimentally tested. Now all... more 
Particle Physics 2: Standard Model
Winter, 2010In this series Professor Susskind continues his particle physics theme, focusing on the foundations of the Standard Model, which describes the interactions and properties of the observed particles. These lectures cover the basics of group theory, symmetry, symmetry breaking, which are the natural... more 
Particle Physics 3: Supersymmetry and Grand Unification
Spring, 2010In this set of lectures Professor Susskind continues his particle physics theme, moving on to supersymmetry, which describes the relationship between fermions and bosons. He connects this to the concept of vacuum energy, the energy density associated with “empty” space. Professor Susskind... more 
String Theory
Fall, 2010In this set of lectures Professor Susskind gives an introduction to String Theory, which he describes as a mathematical framework for theories that unify all the forces of nature, including gravity. In string theory, fundamental objects are no longer point particles; instead they are strings or... more 
Cosmology and Black Holes
Winter, 2011In the last of course of this series, Leonard Susskind continues his exploration of string theory that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity. In particular, the course focuses on string theory with regard to important issues in contemporary physics. Topics include: 1) the... more