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PC124 – Scientific Revolutions: Relativity

This course examines 19th and 20th-century modifications of Newtonian ideas of space, time and interactions. We focus on the concepts and consequences of the theory of relativity: length contraction, time dilation, the relativity of simultaneity, the equivalence of mass and energy, new approaches to gravitation, and black holes. We also explore the impact of relativity outside science. Readings from Einstein, Minkowski, Holton, Kuhn and others. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World or The West in Time requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Prerequisite: Physics 123.


TermBlockTitleInstructorLocationStudent Limit/ AvailableUpdated
Fall 2017 Block 2 Scientific Revolutions: Relativity Andrew Westphal Olin Hall 258B 16/0 06/22/2018
Fall 2018 Block 2 Scientific Revolutions: Relativity Stephanie DiCenzo TBA 16/16 06/22/2018