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WebCT for PHYS 1905 is up and running.
9:40 - 10:30 am, MWF
Location: JFB 103
Consideration of Einstein's life and thought allows us to address some of
humanity's most persistent and profound concerns: the nature of space and
time, the structure and history of our Universe, war and peace, the role
of the individual in society. We will discuss Einstein's great
contributions to modern physics: the photoelectric effect and the
foundations of quantum mechanics, special relativity, and his monumental
theory of gravity, general relativity, as well as his role in the
development of nuclear weapons and the establishment of the state of
Israel in the aftermath of World War II. We will conclude by examining the
exciting implications of Einstein's ideas for 21st century science : black
holes, gravitational waves, dark energy, and the origin of the Universe
itself. Gen Ed Science Foundation course. Three lectures.
Recommended prerequisite: None.
Recommended corequisite: None.
To introduce the physics of Einstein's key contributions
to relativity and quantum mechanics.
To place Einstein's work in an historical context, focusing on the
Einstein's own writings regarding social and political issues of his time.
To survey key elements in the development of nuclear weapons,
with emphasis on Einstein's role.
To examine Einstein as a scientist-citizen, and to
apply his ideas to contemporary issues including nuclear
proliferation, genetic engineering, and bioterrorism.
- Finally, to explore future developments in physics along avenues
opened by Einstein, such as black holes, dark energy, and a Theory of
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is Friday, 20 October ("W" on transcript, tuition is charged).
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arrangements for accommodations.
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