HPS 0410 Einstein for Everyone Fall 2008

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Course Description


Term paper

Sign in sheet

Title page, Preface and Table of Contents for Einstein for Everyone

Introduction: the questions

Special relativity: the basics

Is special relativity paradoxical?


Origins of Special Relativity


What is a four dimensional space like?

Philosophical Significance of the Special Theory of Relativity.

Non-Euclidean Geometry
Euclid's Postulates and Some Non-Euclidean Alternatives

Spaces of Variable Curvature

General Relativity

Relativistic Cosmology

Big Bang Cosmology

Black Holes

A Better Picture of Black Holes

Atoms and the Quantum

Origins of Quantum Theory

Problems of Quantum Theory

1. The Wild and the Wonderful

2. Principle of Relativity

3. Relativity of Simultaneity

4. Energy, Mass and Adding Velocities

5. Origins of Special Relativity

6. Spacetime

7. Philosophical Significance

8. Non-Euclidean Geometry

9. Curvature

10. General Relativity

11. Relativistic Cosmology

12. Big Bang Cosmology

13. Black Holes

14. Origins of Quantum Theory

15. Problems of Quantum Theory

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Last update: August 23, 2008.