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Einstein for Everyone

Einstein for Everyone

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HPS 0410 Einstein for Everyonehttp://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton/teaching/HPS_0410/index.html
[28/04/2010 08:17:32 ﺹ]
For documents relating to the Fall 2008 offering of this class, clickhere.For documents relating to the Spring 2008 offering of this class, clickhere.For documents related to the Spring 2007 offering of this class, clickhere.
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
Backto main course page
Monday/ Wednesday 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm, CL 232
(John D. Norton)
(Register for one.)
Monday 3-3:50 pm, CL 216
(Julia Bursten)
Monday 5-5:50 pm, CL 229
(Emi Iwatani)
Tuesday 12-12:50 pm, CL 327
(Julia Bursten)
Tuesday 1-1:50 pm, CL 327
(Emi Iwatani)
Tuesday 3-3:50 pm, CL 129
(Julia Bursten)
Tuesday 4-4:50 pm, CL 129
(Emi Iwatani)
John D. Norton, 412-624-1051, jdnorton@pitt.eduRoom 817 CL. Office hours: Monday 2-3 pm, Wednesday 2-3 pm.Julia Bursten , jrb135@pitt.eduRoom 901H CL. Office hours: Tuesday 1-2, Wednesday 12-1.Emi Iwatani, emi8@pitt.eduRoom 901M CL. Office hours: Monday 2-3pm, Tuesday 2-3 pm.
Course website
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.
Special relativity 
: 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.
General relativity 
: 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.