HPS 0410 Course Descriptionhttp://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton/teaching/HPS_0410/description.html[28/04/2010 08:17:34 ﺹ]
HPS 0410Einstein for EveryoneSpring 2010
Monday/ Wednesday 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm, CL 232
(John D. Norton)
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Monday 3-3:50 pm, CL 216
Monday 5-5:50 pm, CL 229
Tuesday 12-12:50 pm, CL 327
Tuesday 1-1:50 pm, CL 327
Tuesday 3-3:50 pm, CL 129
Tuesday 4-4:50 pm, CL 129
John D. Norton, 412-624-1051, email@example.comRoom 817 CL. Office hours: Monday 2-3 pm, Wednesday 2-3 pm.Julia Bursten , firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 901H CL. Office hours: Tuesday 1-2, Wednesday 12-1.Emi Iwatani, email@example.comRoom 901M CL. Office hours: Monday 2-3pm, Tuesday 2-3 pm.
Course materials will be posted at the course website
We will communicate grades through the Blackboard website athttps://courseweb.pitt.edu/These websites will be the primary means of obtaining course material. To take thiscourse, you must have access the internet.
: The two postulates and their strange consequences: rods and clocks run amuck. The light barrier.Relativity of simultaneity: the confusion of when and where and the puzzles it solves. Spacetime: time as the fourthdimension. Origins of special relativity: how did Einstein do it?. Puzzles and paradoxes. The most famous equation:E=mc
. The philosophical dividend.
: Straightening out Euclid. Acceleration provides the clue: gravitation is just spacetime bent. Generalrelativity passes the tests. Applications of general relativity: Goedel universes and the like: could we take a journeyinto the past? Cosmology: the biggest picture possible; a beginning and end for time? Black holes: when the fabricof spacetime collapses.