Einstein’s Legacy: Modern Physics All Around You Einstein’s Legacy: Modern Physics All Around You The course name is Basic Physics Concepts. Albert Einstein’s name conjures up some of the most mind-blowing ideas in the history of science, especially his theories of special and general relativity and his key contributions to quantum mechanics. It seems that no concept can be more removed from everyday life. Or are they? Obscure theories developed by Einstein and other pioneers of 20th-century physics seem to show up in everyday activities like these.
- Photon Toast. The energy emitted by hot objects, including toasters, was not understood theoretically until 1900, when Max Planck proposed the existence of a quantum of energy, later called the photon. These ubiquitous light particles became the basis for quantum theory.
- Spacetime Navigation. Satellites in the Global Positioning System (GPS) map locations on Earth with amazing precision thanks to Einstein’s theories of relativity, which account for the time dilation and curvature of space-time experienced by the satellites, which otherwise It would be disappointingly inaccurate.
- Quantum Sentinel. Smoke detectors can detect soot particles in fast-moving fires thanks to a phenomenon called quantum tunneling, in which subatomic particles magically appear on the other side of a seemingly impenetrable barrier. Smoke disrupts the flow of these particles and sets off an alarm.
Given these and many other applications, our familiar environment provides an excellent means of understanding contemporary physics, especially quantum mechanics. In 12 engaging half-hour lectures designed for non-scientists, Einstein’s Legacy: Modern Physics All Around You introduces fundamental ideas that have changed our understanding of physical reality while improving our lives. The instructor is Chad Orzel, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Union College. In these lucid lectures with a simple style, he immerses you deeply in non-mathematical explanations of how nature works at the subatomic level, relating particles and fields to everyday devices such as clocks, computers, lasers, magnets, and more.
- See how weird physics applies to everyday objects
- Explore the origins of relativity and quantum theory
- Discover why natural magnets are so rare
- Explore how Schrödinger’s cat paradox applies to computer circuits
- Learn why objects are solid even though atoms are mostly empty space
- Check out how uncrackable quantum cryptography is
Instructor: Chad Orzel
Education level: introductory
Number of courses: 12
Training duration: 4 hours 53 minutes
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Prerequisites of Einstein’s Legacy: Modern Physics All around You course:
- Just a motivation to learn
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