The next series of YouTube lessons will be on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Loosely based on the Summer School series of the same name, I’ll be covering the Special and General theories. I won’t be posting with every update, though: I plan to break the original nine lessons up into a larger number of smaller videos. I’ll periodically update with links to the playlist once a batch of lessons are complete. The introductory lesson (which ends with a link to that playlist) is included below.
This is the final lesson of the 2012 summer school, describing cosmology, either with or without the math. Come back each Friday through July and August in 2013 to join us for our next summer school series: The Scientific Method.
Two of the most frequently used concepts in physics are energy and momentum. One must examine them in great detail to continue developing the theory of relativity, creating what is likely the most famous theory in the history of science. You can read this lesson with or without the math.
Equipped with the Minkowski diagrams of the previous lesson, we can now explore some logical implications that are frequently labelled paradoxes. This lesson reveals that these are not true paradoxes, but are instead complex and counterintuitive logical consequences of the theory. As usual, it is up to the reader to decide whether to continue with or without the math.
We have now learned why we need the theory of relativity, and what it looks like in its most basic form. Now it’s time to explore some of the implications with the merger of space and time. Again, readers can choose to learn about these ideas either with or without the math.
Our second summer school lesson is ready. Thanks to last week’s lesson, we understand why the theory was needed. This week, we examine what the earliest version of the theory looks like, either with or without the math.
This year’s summer school is a slightly different format than usual. In 2010, we covered quantum mechanics without the math. In 2011, we covered assessment theory with the math. In 2012, we cover Einstein’s relativity. More details and download links follow below. Continue reading →