Course Details

943: *CANCELLED* Relativity

February 14-16
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Isaac Newton's view of the universe was a fixed space obeying all of Euclid's ancient propositions, in which clocks could be synchronized anywhere desired using a standard clock moved to that point. When 19th-century experiments yielded results not explicable by Newton's laws, great efforts were expended by the best scientists of the time to save Newton's laws. This course will describe those efforts and the response by Einstein in his Special Theory (1905) and General Theory (1915), and discuss the consequences of these theories.

Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: In-Person

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Jacques Read

Jacques Read has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the University of California, performed research at Oak Ridge and Livermore National Laboratories, and been employed by the Atomic Energy Commission, the Nuclear Energy Commission and the Department of Energy. He has been a Study Group Leader since 2013.