History and Philosophy Of Science | Einstein for Everyone
X220 | 2909 | Christopher Martin
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 A. Einstein will serve as a sort of 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.