It surprises me that we can still live on Earth. - 123/124, 129, 196, 209/210, 219, 238, 249, 250, 256, 258, #259 - "I apologize for assuming you come from the US, a country that I once admired,". How might MIT address the problem, where NYC mayors have failed? It worked for Arnold in the new Terminator movies. It seems that people don't have anything better to do in their. 68: I'm asking you to read between the lines, rather than take the announcement simply at face value (do you think they would do this for a slap-on-the-write offense?). Let the discussion continue until MIT acts to resolve the situation in a more competent manner. Even this we are not permitted to say here. And maybe to make sure that no female student gets triggered, the MIT administration can do what really needs to be done here, and unperson Darwin. How could MIT overlook this? Can a teacher be demoted to author without limiting access and discrediting the value of their prior works? We don't learn by ourselves. I say this only as my individual isolated perspective; not connected with the allegations, which I do not question. There is some fraction of duplication of those lectures on other public servers. Turning a thousand Lewins into unpersons won't change that. It is quite possible Lewin's crime was clumsy flirting, not abusive manipulation. You are simply reciting the media narrative, thoughtlessly. I'm shocked and hard to believe how easy MIT dumps a great professor because of some floating claims , probably of some lonely conservative ladies. MIT is attempting to snuff out Prof. Lewin from the world. Just because you get the happy public face, doesn't mean they behave that way to all. But the quality of his lectures is very well aknowledged and I believe it is a pity for future learners to lack the opportunity to enjoy them. Veritably, it seems we must spend our energy appeasing women and getting credentials, not building a strong community. [3]The Head Captain. License: CC BY-SA 3.0. The dean also made it clear that any other complaints even vaguely related to this one would also result in my suspension or even expulsion. The list is very long. Walter Lewin taught the three core classes in physics at MIT for more than thirty years and made major discoveries in the area of X-ray astronomy. no decisions have yet been made by MIT's Physics Department on putting 8.01x or 8.02x again on line and there are no plans yet to prepare an 8.03x version. Instead, it becomes a political game to placate the masses: babble about "social justice," blame problems on philosophically vapid ideas like "patriarchy," and make "heroic" concessions at the expense of freedom. But you can support the students better, and that doesnt always mean revenge. No doubt my previous sentence, if I were affiliated with MIT (other than being an alum), would also violate MIT policy. I condemn Prof Lewin no strike that sexual deviant Walter Lewin to the grave. I am a female instructor of English. But, there are a lot of great physics teachers, even some who don't work at MIT anymore because they prioritized their teaching far too much over their research and didn't get tenure. If you encounter someone with a manner you don't appreciate, you have the ability to filter them out of your mind and personal life. 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). “For the Love of Physics captures Walter Lewin’s extraordinary intellect, passion for physics, and brilliance as a teacher”—Bill Gates. Sexual assault and requests for sexual favors that affect educational or employment decisions constitute sexual harassment. Lets get some facts straight about the case at hand: all the public knows is that an MIT investigation into the complaint of a woman who took on-line course with Lewin concluded that he had violated the institutes code on sexual harassment. Do you really think no one had heard of MIT before Walter Lewin came along? What was Dr. Lewin's intention when he flirted with the student? #329 So, they kicked him out for something which was not even illegal ? -184. #200 is describing 99 of the MIT male faculty. The latter already happened, see: I am enraged that they have decided to take down his videos. SAVING and memorizing tweets? Perhaps Prof. Lewin committed a mere indiscretion. They have taken away Prof. Lewin's right to free speech and now they are taking yours. 278 is dead wrong. This strikes me as an old man misunderstanding the internet. He said that during one of the meeting held before a film shoot a woman got on the stage and explained how their production company would not tolerate any sexual harassment of any type. #237 Yeah, let's stop free speech, at least the free speech of the people you don't agree with. And his courses are probably the best thing on edx. Walter Lewin, another victim of radical feminism and modern over-sensitivity. He is 78 years old and accused of "Sexual Harassment" online! #africanamericanlivesmatter. (c) is even classified as "sexual assault" which is much worse than verbal harassment. You life will never be the same. And hopefully, the simmering animosity won't one day boil over and scald us all. Hi Walter. And nothing ever happened beyond that. Through the videos, he could impact people far outside the scope of academia, which was clearly important to him (looking at his published books, etc). Not even Dr. Lewin. I am an MIT alumna Chemistry and Physics. Well, "for the love of physics", MIT please find someone who can carry forward these planned courses in physics.. I've thought of that incident numerous times in the twenty-plus years since. 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. Lewin represented a lot of positive aspects of MIT, so it is painful to think that he would do something deserving of this. MIT is free to host whatever the hell it wants on its servers. The move was politically motivated, an effort to reduce fallout from the scandal. Read that again carefully. I don't know what Professor Lewin did or did not do and in. I don't care about what your professor does in his free time. I don't think we can make any assumptions about what happened except that it was some form of sexual harassment as described above. He is brilliant as a lecturer and scientist and has done so much good for physics. Are the museums and churches that keep their works displayed condoning adultery and murder? Oh, and please stop teaching works of Einstein or Schroedinger who were notorious womanizers. Cheers! This solution seems to only remove an incredibly good and generous source of education for millions of people, while also punishing Lewin by removing his legacy from MIT education. Could you consider is near 80 ? Also, the beyond the pale tweets were to students who, ummm, aren't all sweetness and light, shall we say. Lewin remarked more than once that a woman in Washington state propositioned him after seeing his video on cable. For all we know, he called her "honey," or did some other behavior that used to be OK but no longer isn't. They were: [2] "tshelsea May I hire you as the CEO? And this sounds like the phrasing used to offer your students an assignment or a challenge until the next session and to wish them well. No worries! The MIT administration wants to take down someone more important than themselves. I was stunned to discover that I was blocked out of the archived class that I had been using to teach myself physics for several months. This does not seem to appropriately allocate the consequences and harms many more in the process. We are simply told that he did something bad (although apparently no crime was committed), and he is a bad man, and we are expected to believe it. The Professor Who Brings Physics to Life. Posted by 5 years ago. Some blame may lie with him. Very true. MIT said Monday that it had launched an investigation immediately after she filed a complaint in October. Petitioning a regime asking them to halt the activity has had a historically poor success rate. You say people are "part of the problem" without compelling evidence. It doesn't appear that the majority of the commenters have any idea what what Dr. Lewin did to elicit these sanctions from MIT. Were not privy to private email or other forums/apps where he may have had private communication with women. They have simply removed them while they decide the best course going forward to achieve their educational mission without further promoting someone who used his fame from such online postings to further his career as a sexual predator. The world is not so starved of educators that the Lewin lectures need to monopolize online education, especially when Lewin abused his position as an educator. It shows that our institution tackles the trendiest pc topics, which is the cornerstone that MIT is founded upon. I'm not referring to the faculty staff, but to the managers. If someone doesn't want to watch his videos knowing about his alleged crimes, they're free to avoid watching them. The 36 video lectures on Electricity and Magnetism, by Professor Lewin, were recorded on the MIT campus during the Spring of 2002. Perhaps those who know him can speak to that in more detail. Wow #236, your attack on #235 is wildly inappropriate and would seem to be a violation of The Tech's comment policy. We feel lucky to be here and are not entitled. This is clearly a publicity campaign to absolve MIT of any blame. Thank you Sansha you too are amazing and you are so close to my heart. I may regret saying this but ONLINE sexual harassment can't be that bad. Of course, stop his online student interactions and make sure it (whatever "it" is) doesn't happen again. I have only recently came across edx. #262 - You must be lacking in conviction since you're unwilling to use your real name to present your dazzling thoughts on women in business to the world. Thanks again for asking.). Now: I wish I had the same confidence that less high-profile, less dangerous to reputation cases were handled the same way. Nobody thinks sexual harassment is "nothing serious." It's not that animosity "still exists," rather that animosity is increasing and will continue to increase as long as things like this continue to happen. head, and the fact that you are intimately involved with edX/MITx, you can be comforted by the fact that Pontius Pilate was able to spin the story to show that he personally stood up for Jesus despite ultimately having sentenced him to be crucified. I have also written the book "For the Love of Physics" which has been translated in 12 languages and is a bestseller in popular science. People have made the assumptions that Dr. Lewin wasn't warned previously (which anonymous Dutch astrophysicist offspring has said he was) and also that these sanctions were the result of one incident of online sexual harassment (where it seems some commenters are aware of a pattern of inappropriate behavior with women that spanned his career). WTF?! #57 - I am a great admirer of sarcasm! He told me that a woman had complained about the background image I had on my terminal window[1], which she had claimed was offensive and constituted harassment. It's just plain sad. If you don't fit in with the culture that is being created, then you need to leave. That statement makes no sense to me. I was immediately impressed by how the professors turned the difficult concepts into something easier to follow. I am a 20th century MIT grad but have never seen these videos nor do I know this professor emeritus nor the details of his actions. I am not affiliated with MIT. ", [3] "tshelsea You will get paid a way that will broaden your horizons and enrich your life. I do not take his side. Lewin has received five teaching awards. The investigation into Dr. Lewin's behavior lasted two months and there was clear evidence of his inappropriate behavior. After watching MIT physics professor Walter Lewin’s lecture about a rainbow, I am finally able to see the rainbow, instead of just looking at it. Wherever life evolves, dumb women destroy it by their retardness combined with the innate goodwill of men. Yes, it's disappointing. EDIT: I'm leaving now. The Professor Who Brings Physics to Life | MIT Technology Review picture. We all know its politics and sex. MIT wants Prof. Lewin out of the picture because he became so well known. How might we, out here, better show our appreciation to "you" M.I.T. That said, I do not take MIT's either. De gevolgen voor u zijn schandalig buiten proportie. and feel vindicated when their emotional "trauma" results in severe punishment. Welcome to the world of contemporary feminism. Also, rather hilarious in the context of a discussion on sexual harassment. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for For the Love of Physics (Korean Edition) at Administrators do what they can to keep the mob calm, most of whom act like scared lambs. Does anyone care to comment on 8.02 in the Spring of 1976. If not, are MIT professors allowed to form sexual relationships with online learners they do not supervise in an official capacity? My post was not self-contradictory. So engage your own filters. You are all infatuated with the persona of Walter the magnificient teacher. I have to imagine that if your girlfriend was at the point where she felt she needed professional help it was likely about far more than one unanswered text message. These include the world-renowned physics courses taught by professor Walter Lewin, which have been viewed more than 5 million times and which I’ve watched repeatedly. But...there is a dark side that we know him all too well. I'll note a few things: (1) I do not mean "relationship issues" are as bad as "sexual harassment," so let me make a better argument: (a) I think relationships get rocky from time to time (mine did, for a brief period), so I don't think it should be illegal for emotional pain to occur in a relationship. For months I was told the administration was handling it behind-the-scenes but it was very delicate due to the fact that he had tenure and that I needed to be patient. But he will be missed. My experience is that certain women can't handle criticism and often take it much more personal than it was intended. In ancient times, statues were literally de-faced. They would be able to watch the lectures and appreciate them. The art stands on its own. #80, that's a very rational and thoughtful response. Beloved MIT professor Walter Lewin, whose riveting physics lectures have made him a YouTube super-star, offers a mind-opening and delightful journey through the most intriguing discoveries in physics. It's a sad end to an illustrious career but as he brought it on himself, no one could have prevented it. I feel worse for her than for WL. Freely browse and use OCW materials at your own pace. Would I gain anything but embarrassment by convincing MIT to trash his stuff because he groped me as a teenager? Add A Review NOTICE: These results are based on the prior version of the survey. Wished there were fewer of them though so ide actually do them. If those go down, comment here and I'll get a torrent of my local copies set up. I was, very reasonably, attacking ANONYMOUS commenter #235 for a reprehensible accusation. Okay, easy. Should any textbooks/articles he has written be withdrawn ? For example, do you think this episode will make people want to hire women for jobs in STEM? Don't feel sorry for him. It's best to show that students need not be forced to take their education from those who abuse minority groups. We learn with others, from others, for ourselves, for others, and because of others. Let's not mix Sir Walter Lewin's contribution to education and his viral videos..MIT may severe relations but should restore his invaluable lectures on Phisiccs as sooon as possible and be logical not to withdraw hos Professor Emertius status..Loos at his contribution to MIT and his thousands of students since 1966.. I thought he knew better by now. What's wrong with this picture? The Academy campus is quiet big and has a lot of Institutes and Labs. Good luck Prof Lewin. My dad worked in business in the US for many years and I think at times had nostalgia for home but when he finally got to go home and work there for a few years he complained that his staff were not nearly as creative as his American staff. It can be hard for people to speak up when they see something that rises to the level of harassment. Civilization is in an irremediable situation when the "Treason of the Intellectuals" develops into the "Treason of the Adults.". So problem sets also need to be rewritten now because they remind people of Lewin? Removing every trace of his existence on the MIT website, and making it look as if prof. Lewin never worked there, is done in the best Orwellian tradition, that we know from (former) East Germany and North Korea but is very disturbing to see in a Western institution. What better time for resurrection of the crucified? According to, MIT defines sexual harassment as: "Sexual harassment may take many forms. "Retired MIT professor Lewin ex-communicated and all his famous lectures pulled for clumsily flirting with students online.". I have the funniest feeling that even at this stage there are those in the MIT administration who are aware that their female alumni just aren't paying off anything like the way their male alumni are. Prof. Lewis was officially cast away and publicly shamed. Can't be done in academia or anywhere else in the public sector but can, and will be done, MORE SO, in business. Professor Walter Lewin, who teaches an introductory physics course at MIT, has become an internet celebrity thank to … #44, Do all the videos exist somewhere else? It's a shame to see these great resources being removed from the public. Has mention of his role as PhD advisor been removed from student bios? There shouldnt be one set of rules for brilliant people and another for everyone else. Looks like I will have to rely on Feynman now. Ik vermoed dat men van een mug een olifant heeft gemaakt. I think that is the outrage here - loss of educational materials that hundreds had collaboratively produced. Boy, look at all the comments removed by the censors here. Dr. Lewin: Retires and tells a couple dirty jokes online as 78 year man; is disowned by academia and has his work purged. Should people who are being harassed online have to abandon their email addresses and social media accounts if they dont have the means to block their harasser? Anyone who knows him well realizes that he has a complex character several standard deviations from the norm. A zero-tolerance policy is nothing more than a childish response to a very adult problem. [1] For example, on the issue of drink spiking hysteria, here's a quote from We encourage people of any race, color, sex, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran's status, or age in their pursuit of happiness. I think you're absolutely right in your 3rd paragraph that there was a love/hate relationship there at MIT with Walter, having known him for a long time and seen him in action numerous times at different places with different people. An email requesting comment, sent to an MIT address that Lewin has previously used in communications with The Tech, could not be delivered Monday. Reif started that, he wants to be famous as Lewin with no success at all. We are sad. #250 I agree that the level of his brilliance shouldn't be a factor in the judgment of the case. I never saw any public consequences for him. That is punishable under MITs codes. Hitler Germany. That is a superior goal than the political "let poeple know we -MIT staff- are clean" one. R) Yeah, MIT themselves added Lewin’s lecture videos to a couple years ago, so I assume that the office of digital learning made the takedown decision in part based on the knowledge that MIT had already set up a mirror of his videos. If a person abuses their position to take advantage of students, they don't deserve to keep that privileged position. Given that, MIT's response seems wildly out of proportion. #200 Clumsiness is no reason to ex-communicate a professor. Since you spoke with him, I'm sure you can enlighten us all with what MIT claims that he did do. I am here to say Thank you for all those amazing video lectures. It is not fair to deprive millions of students from learning Physics through Prof. Walter's videos. Although his research was his most difficult accomplishment, from the perspective of those within the scientific community, he had a unique opportunity to reach outside of academia with these lecture videos. I have been an astrophysicist in MIT since 1966 and have worked in the field of X-Ray astronomy. If he has indeed harassed anyone, he should be punished according the Law. 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