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Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition (The Great Courses, Number 153)

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

This updated lecture series from the esteemed Teaching Company explains the intricacies of quantum physics in a manner designed to help the listener fully grasp the concepts. The accompanying course guidebooks include lecure outlines, illustrations, suggested readings, and questions to consider. Course lecture titles: 1. Time Travel, Tunneling, Tennis, and Tea 2. Heaven and Earth, Place and Motion 3. The Clockwork Universe 4. Let There Be Light! 5. Speed c Relative to What? 6. Earth and the Ether-A Crisis in Physics 7. Einstein to the Rescue 8. Uncommon Sense-Stretching Time 9. Muons and Time-Traveling Twins 10. Escaping Contradiction-Simultaneity Is Relative 11. Faster than Light? Past, Future, and Elsewhere 12. What about E=mc2, and Is Everything Relative? 13. A Problem of Gravity 14. Curved Spacetime 15. Black Holes 16. Into the Heart of Matter 17. Enter the Quantum 18. Wave or Particle? 19. Quantum Uncertainty-Farewell to Determinism 20. Particle or Wave? 21. Quantum Weirdness and Schrödinger's Cat 22. The Particle Zoo 23. Cosmic Connections 24. Toward a Theory of Everything

Product Details

  • Format: DVD
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Teaching Company
  • Run Time: 720.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1565855655
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,834 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I found the historical sequence informative and enlightening.
The Special Theory of Relativity was well explained with great examples and a very logical sequence.

The General Theory was recognized by the author to be less convincing. It was. I was frustrated especially by his example of the light experiment in a freely-falling elevator where he seemed to equate the bending of the light passing through the elevator's slot to gravity, but failed to connect it to the velocity of the elevator which would dictate how much time the light had to get to the other side. I hope the author is reading this.

The quantum physics part started well but became too involved considering the latest discovered bits. In the end I had no idea of what bit of matter was related or a part of another. Less bits would would probably have been better.

It was worth the effort.
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By Skyeyer on January 13, 2011
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This is a lesson in physics from an expert in the field. The setting is as if you were in the classroom and he stands at the front, lecturing in a way that is understandable to most people. He uses some visual props to support his materials, and the accompanying handbook is supportive and pertinent to the course.
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This dvd has been converted from a tape, and the video quality is poor (very dark). You cannot skip forward or repeat content within a lecture. Although I have only watched about half, the content is very good. Professor Richard Wolfson is a good presenter and explains everything in an entertaining and very understanderable way.
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Excellent item, 5 stars, recomendend highly for anyone interested in these topics
If you think you know about relativity think again, very well presented.
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I bought this based on reviews in Amazon and if anything, they weren't strong enough. The product, content and delivery were mesmerizing and I recommend it as strongly as possible.
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Professor Wolfson does an excellent job of presenting the basic concepts of Relativity and Quantum physics. All of the conundrums of non-classical physics has always intrigued me. I have a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Computer Science so the relation of science to philosophy is something I like to think about. The professor is clear and well organized. Anyone can understand the ideas he is talking about. Expand your horizons with this course.
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I have purchased a LOT of Teaching Company programs. To my mind, this is the best. It's clear, concise, and quite exciting.
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Good coverage of the field. Could use more graphic illustratons.
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