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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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The Great Courses
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Professor Richard Wolfson
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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    Paul Hooker, OK, United States 01-29-15
    Paul Hooker, OK, United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2016

    I like apocalypse, zombies, and orcs stories. Also new ideas in fiction.

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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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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NickInProvo 01-18-15
    NickInProvo 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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JM 01-14-15
    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
    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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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).

    23 of 34 people found this review helpful
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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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    @K_Speckmann 07-23-16 Member Since 2015

    Expert Beginner | Connector of Networks and People | Loving Husband | Mensch | Helpful Professional ↗️

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    "Learn, beyond Space and Time..."

    This is fascinating! A 12 hour deep dive into Physics, historic, current and future.
    If you are curious in general, and in how the bigger (and tinier) universe work, this is a course for you.
    I got myself the updated version through The Great Courses on Audible.
    I am deeply impressed by Professor Wolfson's ability to explain these complex matters to laypersons like me.

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    Chris 07-20-16
    Chris 07-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great course"

    I am a physics major and I truly got a lot out of this series of lectures. Complicated concepts explained very well. I would recommend highly.

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    Wendell K. Tinker clarksville, tn 05-22-16
    Wendell K. Tinker clarksville, tn 05-22-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Very effective at explaining complex theories!"

    In my engineering classes, we often seemed to skip much of the conceptual implications of complex theories and go straight to the math of it all. Though the math is the meat of science, this book reminds us that it is sometimes worthwhile to step away from the calculus and discuss topics in human terms. Very refreshing and good information for non-scientists as well.

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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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  • Awhelan1234
    4/28/16
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    "Outstanding!!!"

    Prof. Wolfson has delivered an astounding series of lectures that have had me in a world of excitement and awe. Simply breathtaking.

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  • Miakatt
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    "Gets a little repetitive but stick with it..."

    Prof Wolfson hammers home the key points, overdoing it sometimes, but with great story telling skill.

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  • Johnny
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    "Great"

    Take the time and understand each lecture and you have no choice but to get it..

    Use bookmark and go back if needed and use the Internet for reference

    Great stuff

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  • timalive
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    1/4/16
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    "A great introduction for non scientists"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone interested in understanding a bit more about the fascinating recent history of Physics should listen to this. A great (and understandable) buildup of Special Relativity and interesting introduction to General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Richard Wolfson – was your favourite?

    Wolfson is a great character to listen to. His lecturing is both thoughtful and enthusiastic - he draws you into the subject. His background in philosophy no doubt helps his ability to explain these complex topics.


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  • Jacob
    12/2/15
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    "A wonderfully described introduction to these major theories"

    Richard Wolfson brilliantly introduces you to major breakthroughs in physics! I can't recommend this more for people looking to deepen their understanding of the universe and all things small (very) and large (very).

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  • The Blue Reviewer
    London
    10/27/15
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    "Very well explained"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything about it was fascinating


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    a master-class in physics.Some very difficult concepts explained from many different points of view.

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  • D. J. Morris
    Manchester, UK
    7/30/15
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    "Great material: A few blips, but ends strongly"

    Very much enjoyed this course. A slight reliance on visual aids not supplied as part of the course, but nothing a bit of Google-foo couldn't handle. One or two uncorrected errors (not bad for 24 hours' worth of detailed spoken word) and one lecture needs to be re-recorded as clearly the lecturer's mic slipped (he can still be heard, but audio quality suffers). These are minor quibbles: the content is fascinating, presentation is strong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ceeebr
    7/22/15
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    "Amazing lecture series"

    Fantastic set of lectures the best I have listened to this year it has rekindled my appreciation of physics

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patryk
    London, UK
    7/20/15
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    "Interesting, well explained"

    Good introduction to the subject. Good lecturer, easy to listen and digest most of the information.

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