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A little over a century ago, Albert Einstein, then an obscure clerk in the Swiss patent office, published a handful of scientific papers that eventually affected the very flow of world history. We will discuss the seemingly mind-bending ideas of these scientific developments, relying only on our innate human sense of curiosity and a few hands-on experiments. Other discussions will include some of Einstein’s thoughts as an ordinary citizen (including his life-long pacifism after the horror of the atomic bomb) and the lasting effects that his work has had on our lives to this day.
Les Blatt is Emeritus Professor of Physics and Education at Clark University. His research interests include work in experimental nuclear physics and astrophysics, as well as modern approaches to learning science. He has created and taught courses ranging from “Energy and the Environment” to “Exploring the Universe.” He taught “Seeing the Light” for the WISE program in February 2013 and a second WISE course, “The Sounds of Music,” in February, 2014.
REQUIRED BOOK: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, by Carlo Rovelli, Riverhead Books,
ISBN-13: 978-0141981727, paperback edition.
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