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Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

Sprecher: Richard Wolfson
Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 17 Min.
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"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these twenty-four lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics. After that, you'll follow along as Professor Wolfson outlines the logic that led to Einstein's profound theory of special relativity and the simple yet far-reaching insight on which it rests. With that insight in mind, you'll move on to consider Einstein's theory of general relativity and its interpretation of gravitation in terms of the curvature of space and time.

From there, you'll embark on a dazzling exploration of how inquiry into matter at the atomic and subatomic scales led to quandaries that are resolved-or at least clarified-by quantum mechanics, a vision of physical reality so profound and so at odds with our experience that it nearly defies language.

By bringing relativity and quantum mechanics into the same picture, you'll chart the development of fascinating hypotheses about the origin, development, and possible futures of the entire universe, as well as the possibility that physics can produce a "theory of everything" to account for all aspects of the physical world. But the goal throughout these lectures remains the same: to present the key ideas of modern physics in a way that makes them clear to the interested layperson.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Interesting and good explained

This is a very enlightening series of lectures and the lecturer makes very complicated concepts understandable for everyone. The only downside is that there is too much repetition of examples and definitions. Maybe it should help to understand better, but it seemed unnecessary to me.

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sound quality low

liked the speaker and content. speaker sounds like at 1,5x speed. play at 0.75x speed

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Erstaunlich

Eine gut verständliche Einführung.
Sprecher spricht allerdings sehr schnell - das war für mich etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig.

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Machine gun Wolfson

It should be forbitten a) to read from a manuscript instead of speaking freely and
b) not to speak before an audience when teaching a course!
As an interested layman (who is a medical doctor) and being very well acquainted to the English language I cannot stand this hyperactively agitated speaker for more than 3 minutes. Too bad for the interesting theme.

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