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

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

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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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    Paulx 01-29-15
    Paulx 01-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not overly complicated"

    Very well done. Not overly complicated and very good for causing your mind to expand.

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    Jeffrey 01-23-15
    Jeffrey 01-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    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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    Nikola 01-18-15
    Nikola 01-18-15 Member Since 2016

    grad student in Electrical Engineering

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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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    JM 01-14-15
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    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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    Tom San Jose, CA, United States 12-22-13
    Tom San Jose, CA, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful lecture, I disagree with the disclaimer"
    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?

    Good lecturer, it's almost as if he knows he's being recorded for replay in audio only format.


    What does Professor Richard Wolfson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I presume a "book" would have been a transcription of these lectures. This is a good lecture, I don't imagine the book version, a transcription, would be better. Transcripts are never better than a good lecture just as movies aren't as good as the original book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not. I can't watch a movie while walking.


    Any additional comments?

    I completely disagree with this disclaimer in the product description: "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". I don't expect the books he says are in the bibliography but I do expect to not have to stop and write down the book title and instead refer to the bibliography. To not even include a bibliography saves nobody anything but causes intense dissatisfaction on the part of me, the consumer. I don't want to listen to an entire lecture just to get the name of the book he mentioned somewhere in the last 50 minutes of walking. The bibliography is essential. If I wanted only the audio content I'd go look for the torrent (why should I not look there for my next book? the service is equivalent).

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    Kirk 12-30-14
    Kirk 12-30-14

    Like: James Rollins, authors that are similar

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    "A great listen"
    If you could sum up Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition in three words, what would they be?

    Very easy listen for such a complex topic. Enlightening, interesting, and strange


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition?

    most memorable topic for me was gravitational time deviation & the effects of velocity on time as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The concepts are clearly explained and, via interesting analogies, create a good understanding of them.


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

    Ive listened to it twice now and looking for another from this professor, great teacher.


    Any additional comments?

    If this topic interests you, this is the book you want

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    Sean B. Corby Pittsburgh, PA USA 04-19-17
    Sean B. Corby Pittsburgh, PA USA 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent explanations of incredibly complex idea!"

    Great introduction into the theory of relativity and modern physics. Wish there were slightly more formulas thrown in to assist in conceptualizing the connection of ideas but this is an attempt to provide a non-mathimatical approach.

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    Brendan Young Colorado 04-07-17
    Brendan Young Colorado 04-07-17 Member Since 2016

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    "easy to follow and learned so much"

    this was my first intro into relativity, easy to understand and so interesting. must buy

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    Yi Wen Fu 04-01-17
    Yi Wen Fu 04-01-17

    evenamazon

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    "Great course"

    It was a great course but I am too stupid to comprehend it fully. Many chapters I had to re-listen several times

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    "Sturdy subject of making in the history"

    Smashing through out, I like it for things to do with the past & presents, so ok.


    Didn't show history graphs for data , I think the book needed this , off the shelves feminism I think.

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  • Tony
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    "Excellent overview of Relativity and Quantum World"

    I recommend this audio to anyone interested in understanding the world in a meaningful way.

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  • Mr. Aidan Farnan
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    "covers a lot of topics sometimes talks to fast"

    this was a great audio book covering so many interesting topics. the narrator speaks a little too fast at times though.

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  • Mr T Marshall
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    "great lecture series"

    quite amazing get that the reader manages to explain all of modern physics so well with so little maths. Very interesting for anyone wanting to understand this topic.

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    This is a very good course, especially if you're trying to expand and refresh your knowledge. however, without the course text book it'll be difficult for people who haven't come across many of the ideas before. it's also a little out of date but it's quite nice to hear about the potential excitement of discovering the Higgs Boson.

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  • Only me
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    "Great but missing visuals somewhat diminish value"

    The narrator was superb. He covered a lot of ground always in context. I just wish I had access to the visuals. This is possible.

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  • anoop
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    "Excellent primer "

    An excellent rendition. It's easy listening and the narration keeps you hooked. Brushes up and enlightens you on Relativity and Quantum mechanics.

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    "Well balanced level of detail"

    An excellent overview, delivered well. For those with the interest this course offers alot in an accessible way.

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    "enthralling and brilliantly narrated"

    loved it from start to finish, probably helps to have a little physics knowledge prior

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  • Dom
    5/21/16
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    "Enjoyable and enlightening but not perfect"

    Does a good job of explaining the key concepts of quantum mechanics and relativity. Refers to diagrams a few times that are unavailable on audible so 4 stars instead of 5. Says for none scientists but might go a bit too fast for those with no physics background whatsoever.

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