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James Binney

Professor James Binney works on the formation and structure of galaxies. Over the years Professor Binney has taught a wide range of topics in physics and mathematics. He has coauthored a 2-volume graduate text on galaxies and an introduction to the theory of critical phenomena (two of the other three authors of this book were former Merton undergraduates). He and another former Merton undergraduate and have an introductory text on quantum mechanics in an advanced state of preparation. He believes physics should be defined as the mathematical description of phenomena, and that it is the core science. It is useful and it changes your understanding of what material reality is. He wants nothing so much as to help others to understand the subject's power and range.

Series featuring James Binney

  • The Ockham Lecture - The Merton College Physics Lecture
  • Oxford Physics Public Lectures
  • Theoretical Physics - From Outer Space to Plasma
  • Oxford Physics Alumni
  • Quantum Mechanics
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 From action at a distance to gravitational waves James Binney gives a talk about the mathematics that describe Gravitational waves. James Binney 10 May 2017
2 Gravitational lensing: one of the sharpest tools in an astronomer's toolbox Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the eighth Saturday Morning of Theoretical Physics on 19 September 2015. Talk 3 by Professor James Binney. James Binney 24 Sep 2015
3 The impact of black holes on the Universe Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 5th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the subject of Black holes: where physics reaches its limit. James Binney 24 Mar 2015
4 Creative Commons The Vacuum Comes Alive Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 1st morning of Theoretical Physics covering how we use field theory to understand material reality. James Binney 24 Mar 2015
5 Creative Commons The Vacuum Comes Alive Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 1st morning of Theoretical Physics covering how we use field theory to understand material reality James Binney 15 Dec 2014
6 The impact of black holes on the Universe Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 5th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the subject of Black holes: where physics reaches its limit. James Binney 05 Nov 2014
7 Creative Commons Galaxies and the Intergalactic Medium 10th Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture by Prof. James Binney. James Binney 22 May 2014
8 Creative Commons The 1st Ockham Debate: The Problem of Quantum Measurement According to the 'standard' quantum theory, states evolve with certainty between measurements, but 'collapse' randomly when we measure them. But what is measurement? And why does it (appear to) enjoy a privileged position in the theory? James Binney, Simon Saunders 05 Jun 2013
9 Creative Commons 027 Hydrogen part 3 Eigenfunctions Twenty seventh lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 05 Mar 2010
10 Creative Commons 026 Hydrogen part 2 Emission Spectra Twenty sixth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 05 Mar 2010
11 Creative Commons 025 Hydrogen part 1 Twenty fifth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 05 Mar 2010
12 Creative Commons 024 Classical Spin and Addition of Angular Momenta Twenty fourth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 05 Mar 2010
13 Creative Commons 023 Spin 1/2 , Stern - Gerlach Experiment and Spin 1 Twenty third lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 05 Mar 2010
14 Creative Commons 022 Spin Angular Momentum Twenty second lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 05 Mar 2010
15 Creative Commons 021 Even further Orbital Angular Momentum - Eigenfunctions, Parity and Kinetic Energy Twenty-first lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 09 Feb 2010
16 Creative Commons 020 Further Orbital Angular Momentum, Spectra of L2 and LZ Twentieth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 09 Feb 2010
17 Creative Commons 019 Diatomic Molecules and Orbital Angular Momentum Nineteenth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 09 Feb 2010
18 Creative Commons 018 Angular Momentum Eighteenth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 04 Feb 2010
19 Creative Commons 017 Einstein-Podolski-Rosen Experiment and Bell's Inequality Seventeenth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 04 Feb 2010
20 Creative Commons 016 Composite Systems - Entanglement and Operators Sixteenth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 04 Feb 2010
21 Creative Commons 015 Tunnelling and Radioactive Decay Fifteenth lecture in the Quantum Mechanics course given in Hilary term 2010. James Binney 26 Jan 2010
22 Creative Commons 014 A Pair of Square Wells and the Ammonia Maser Fourteenth Lecture in the Quantum Mechanics Course given in Hilary term 2010. James Binney 26 Jan 2010
23 Creative Commons 013 Hilary: The Square Well Thirteenth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010. James Binney 26 Jan 2010
24 Creative Commons 012 Angular Momentum and Motion in a Magnetic Field Final lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
25 Creative Commons 011 Transformation of Operators and the Parity Operator Eleventh lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
26 Creative Commons 010 Transformation of Kets, Continuous and Discrete Transformations and the Rotation Operator Tenth lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
27 Creative Commons 009 Dynamics of Oscillators and the Anharmonic Oscillator Ninth lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
28 Creative Commons 008 The Harmonic Oscillator and the Wavefunctions of its Stationary States Eighth lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
29 Creative Commons 007 Back to Two-Slit Interference, Generalization to Three Dimensions and the Virial Theorem Seventh Lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
30 Creative Commons 006 Wavefunctions for Well Defined Momentum, the Uncertainty Principle and Dynamics of a Free Particle Sixth lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
31 Creative Commons 005 Further TDSE and the Position Representation Fifth lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
32 Creative Commons 004 Commutators and Time Evolution (the Time Dependent Schrodinger Equation) Fourth lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
33 Creative Commons 003 Operators and Measurement Third lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
34 Creative Commons 002 Dirac Notation and the Energy Representation Second lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009
35 Creative Commons 001 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Probability Amplitudes and Quantum States First lecture of the Quantum Mechanics course given in Michaelmas Term 2009. James Binney 11 Dec 2009