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Modern Physics: Special Relativity (Spring 2012)

by Stanford Continuing Studies Program

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Description

In 1905, while only twenty-six years old, Albert Einstein published “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” and effectively extended classical laws of relativity to all laws of physics, even electrodynamics. In this course, Professor Susskind takes a close look at the special theory of relativity and also at classical field theory. Concepts addressed here includes space-time and four-dimensional space-time, electromagnetic fields and their application to Maxwell’s equations. He also covers the work of the German mathematician Hermann Minkowski.

Customer Reviews

Lectures 2 & 3 released 5/3 are broken

The files for lectures 2 & 3 are broken (as of 5/4/2012), hopefully corrected files will be available soon. Lecture 2 downloads and reports zero length while lecture 3 downloads but then gets thrown away immediately. I'm not really reviewing this (I would rate it highly), I'm just calling attention an error.

These files are broken

These files don't seem to be working correctly. Only the first downloads. I tried playing on Itunes and all were extremely choppy and unwatchable.

Lectures 1&2 play well

These lectures played smoothly on my Mac after downloading before playing.