The Internet overall is hastening the demise of what’s left of civilization. That’s hard for an early adopter to say but even harder to refute. The availability of online courses is a refuge of sweet in a tsunami of bitter. These series by Prof. Venkataraman Balakrishnan of IIT Madras explain subjects I thought I knew and give me an incentive to understand topics I never thought I would. One man, one chalkboard – utterly engrossing.
The sequence: Classical physics, Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics, Topics in Nonlinear Dynamics
This show will be popular because a good chunk of the theatregoing public will fall for anything delivered in a British or Irish accent. Delivered in anything else, this 95 minute slog of derivative, contrived, vapid one-man hamfistery with hokey audience participation would be savaged high and low as LA showcase theatre at its worst. Check the theatre’s website for details if you’re in the mood for it or the other two productions in repertory from this unclean alliance between the Odyssey and Fishamble of Dublin.