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Understanding Einstein: The Special Theory of Relativity

In this course we will seek to “understand Einstein,” especially focusing on the special theory of relativity that Albert Einstein, as a twenty-six year old patent clerk, introduced in his “miracle year” of 1905.

斯坦福大学

Coursera

物理

难(高级)

40 小时

  • 英语
  • 1595

课程概况

In this course we will seek to “understand Einstein,” especially focusing on the special theory of relativity that Albert Einstein, as a twenty-six year old patent clerk, introduced in his “miracle year” of 1905. Our goal will be to go behind the myth-making and beyond the popularized presentations of relativity in order to gain a deeper understanding of both Einstein the person and the concepts, predictions, and strange paradoxes of his theory. Some of the questions we will address include: How did Einstein come up with his ideas? What was the nature of his genius? What is the meaning of relativity? What’s “special” about the special theory of relativity? Why did the theory initially seem to be dead on arrival? What does it mean to say that time is the “fourth dimension”? Can time actually run more slowly for one person than another, and the size of things change depending on their velocity? Is time travel possible, and if so, how? Why can’t things travel faster than the speed of light? Is it possible to travel to the center of the galaxy and return in one lifetime? Is there any evidence that definitively confirms the theory, or is it mainly speculation? Why didn’t Einstein win the Nobel Prize for the theory of relativity?

About the instructor: Dr. Larry Lagerstrom is the Director of Academic Programs at Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development, which offers graduate certificates in subjects such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, data mining, nanotechnology, innovation, and management science. He holds degrees in physics, mathematics, and the history of science, has published a book and a TED Ed video on “Young Einstein: From the Doxerl Affair to the Miracle Year,” and has had over 30,000 students worldwide enroll in his online course on the special theory of relativity (this course!).

课程大纲

周1
完成时间为 4 小时
Introduction to the Course, and Einstein in Context
Week 1: Introduction to the Course, and Einstein in Context
9 个视频 (总计 149 分钟), 8 个阅读材料, 4 个测验

周2
完成时间为 9 小时
Events, Clocks, and Reference Frames
Week 2: Events, Clocks, and Reference Frames
11 个视频 (总计 174 分钟), 12 个阅读材料, 9 个测验

周3
完成时间为 9 小时
Ethereal Problems and Solutions
Week 3: Ethereal Problems and Solutions
12 个视频 (总计 203 分钟), 15 个阅读材料, 6 个测验

周4
完成时间为 9 小时
The Weirdness Begins
Week 4: The Weirdness Begins
14 个视频 (总计 215 分钟), 15 个阅读材料, 9 个测验

周5
完成时间为 10 小时
Spacetime Switches
Week 5: Spacetime Switches
17 个视频 (总计 272 分钟), 16 个阅读材料, 10 个测验

周6
完成时间为 8 小时
Breaking the Spacetime Speed Limit
Week 6: Breaking the Spacetime Speed Limit
11 个视频 (总计 167 分钟), 11 个阅读材料, 8 个测验

周7
完成时间为 7 小时
Paradoxes to Ponder
Week 7: Paradoxes to Ponder
11 个视频 (总计 141 分钟), 12 个阅读材料, 5 个测验

周8
完成时间为 7 小时
To the Center of the Galaxy and Back
Week 8: To the Center of the Galaxy and Back

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