History and Philosophy Of Science | Einstein for Everyone
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Einstein for Everyone

Do astronauts age more slowly? Can a finite universe have no edge?
Does time have a beginning? Is time travel possible? Might the moon
change because a mouse looks at it? Surprisingly, modern science
answers 'yes' to all of these questions. This course provides simple
to understand explanations of these and other related questions,
their broader philosophical significance, and their histories. The
work of Albert Einstein will serve as a backbone for the course. We
will discuss the theory of relativity (special and general) and
early quantum theory. The course is suitable for students with no
science background but with an interest in the world view of modern
physics.