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Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition | [The Great Courses]

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

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 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.
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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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2000 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2000 The Great Courses

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    Jeffrey 01-23-15
    Jeffrey 01-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting"

    The narrator spoke in such a way to emphasize the importance of certain concepts yet kept the over place of lecture from slowing. Very enjoyable.

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    NickInProvo 01-18-15
    NickInProvo 01-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great overview of 20 century physics"
    What did you love best about Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition?

    I loved the journey through modern physics, it was very inspirational to hear about the understanding of the world around us revealed by modern physics and some philosophical implications. Very short lectures, easy to follow if you're familiar with the topic but very profound.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Einstein dugh


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    KSS 01-17-15
    KSS 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Should be half price"

    The course is very interesting and presents the materials clearly. The lecturer speaks relatively quickly but overall clearly and presents the materials well. The reason for two stars instead of five was that the lectures make frequent use of illustrative aides that audible does not provide. For some courses that would be acceptable, but for this one it was not. The course should be offered at a discount or at least with a disclaimer that the listener will have to search the Internet during or after each lecture to try to figure out what the lecturer was talking about when he referred to pictures, diagrams, videos, etc. Overall a very good course, but super annoying to pay full price and not have the booklet.

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    JM 01-14-15
    JM 01-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful!"

    I took quite a few physics courses a few years ago, and this was a wonderful refresher on the theories I studied. The lecturer does a great job of presenting complex theories in an easy to understand format.

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    Yogeshwar 01-14-15
    Yogeshwar 01-14-15
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    "Very good lectures."

    Very easy to grasp. Wish they included the bibliography and the pictures he was talking about. This is not very mathematical, so you may need to look for other sources for those...

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    Quality Freak 11-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't get over the microphone quality"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Richard Wolfson?

    This is not a full review of this course, because I wasn't able to complete it. I cant get over the 'overly amplified' microphone sound this audiobook has enough to actually listen long enough. I'm surprised this hasn't been a complaint among others.


    What didn’t you like about Professor Richard Wolfson’s performance?

    The microphone sound.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a full review of this course, because I wasn't able to complete it. I cant get over the 'overly amplified' microphone sound this audiobook has enough to actually listen long enough. I'm surprised this hasn't been a complaint among others.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shayne54 11-14-14
    Shayne54 11-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great for the Scientist and non-Scientist alike"
    What made the experience of listening to Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    I thought this was a great course. I think that the way the key points are repeated often really drives the concepts home. I was able to walk away understanding and being able to explain special and general relativity without re-listening. Wolfson is technical but easy to listen to as well.






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    J. E. JORDAN Berlin, Germany 10-21-14
    J. E. JORDAN Berlin, Germany 10-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not exactly relaxing, but definitely rewarding"

    I'm a scientifically-literate, liberal arts graduate (magna cum laude) and I'm not afraid of struggling with something until I understand, yet this lecture was a challenge for me. I almost gave up at one point. I'm so glad I didn't.

    The instructor is engaging and enthusiastic and does his best to make the material accessible to non-specialists. At one point, he suggests going back and listening to the previous few lectures if you're feeling overwhelmed. I did and it helped. (There are times the instructor is referring to things the live audience can see. I suspect that would have made following the lectures a little easier, but it's not impossible to follow with just the audio.)

    In a previous iteration of my review, I started listing all the things I learned and for the first time, I was aware of just how much I'd come away with. ( I deleted it all when I realized how meaningless it would be to someone who had not listened to the lectures yet.) Suffice it to say, this is a lecture series that requires concentration and a willingness to occasionally go back and listen again until you really get what is being said. You've also got to be willing to be a little confused: this is not intuitive stuff.

    The world of physics has changed drastically since the early 20th century. If you are someone capable of an intellectual challenge, you owe it to yourself to see what it's all about. I feel like a lot of popular discussions of Quantum theory are just justifications of Post-Modernist philosophy. This lecture series is definitely not that. I found it immensely rewarding and I highly recommend it ... but, to be honest, I'm glad I've finished with it so I could listen to some less challenging material for a while.

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    Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly 10-18-14
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    "Great Material, Hyper-Caffeinated Reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition to be better than the print version?

    I appreciate that advanced physics is being presented in an audio format. I give the book five stars for content and organization of complex material.


    What other book might you compare Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition to and why?

    Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Richard Wolfson’s performances?

    The writing is very good - the delivery is sounds like someone on way too much coffee. I guess he was trying to sound enthusiastic about the material, but I often felt like he was yelling at me! With material of this caliber, we don't need a sell-job. Just slow down, read the material, and trust us to engage with it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - it's a good book to listen one or two chapters at a time (30-minute chapters).


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding content - makes advanced physics accessible. However, Great Courses should coach its readers a bit more - tell them (A) calm down and cut back on the caffeine, and (B) don't try to "sell" the material with fake enthusiasm. Just read it.

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    Jose B. Sanchez USA 09-20-14
    Jose B. Sanchez USA 09-20-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Too technical"
    What did you like best about Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition? What did you like least?

    Deals with very important issues


    Any additional comments?

    You have to be physicist to understand. I am engineer and had difficulties

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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