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The Einstein Revolution

Harvard University via edX

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Overview

Albert Einstein has become the icon of modern science. Following his scientific, cultural, philosophical, and political trajectory, this course aims to track the changing role of physics in the 20th and 21st centuries. This history course addresses Einstein's engagement with relativity, quantum mechanics, Nazism, nuclear weapons, philosophy, the arts, and technology, and raises basic questions about what it means to understand physics in its broader history.
 
Participants in the course will follow seventeen lessons, each of which will present a mix of science (no prerequisites!) and the broader, relevant cultural surround.  Some weeks will examine the physics concepts, while others will see excerpts of films or discuss modernist poetry that took off from relativity. Or we might be looking at the philosophical roots and philosophical consequences of Einstein’s works.  At other times we will be fully engaged with historical and political questions: the building, dropping, and proliferation of nuclear weapons, for example. 
 
Typically, in a lesson (about an hour of streamed material), there will be opportunities for individual mini-essay writing, some multiple choice questions to bolster your understanding of the science, and a group activity which might one week be a debate and another a collective commentary on elements of an artwork from 1920s Weimar Germany.   


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Peter Galison

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Kristina Š
7 months ago
by Kristina completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Even though edX doesn't offer honor-code certificates anymore, I was eager to finish this course because not only of its high-quality material, but because of a great way of teaching, amusing assignments and anecdotes, and interesting reading material.

I'd thoroughly recommend this course for anyone wanting to learn not only about Einstein's life and ideas, and of quantum physics and relativity as well, but of the cultural and political context of many other scientists, politicians and many more. This course is a true compendium of knowledge.
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