D13. Einstein’s Special and General Relativity for the Non-Scientist

  • 03/26/2021
  • 04/30/2021
  • 5 sessions
  • 03/26/2021, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 04/09/2021, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 04/16/2021, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 04/23/2021, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 04/30/2021, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • https://assumptionwise.org/Course-Zoom-Links
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This course does not expect students to know or remember any mathematics or physics! Much of the discussion will be descriptive or involve “thought” experiments. Time and distance formulas will be presented and well explained to make some concepts clearer, but students will not be expected to derive them or manipulate them. This course will explain many of the astounding and transformational discoveries of Albert Einstein. The concepts covered include Special Relativity, General Relativity, Black Holes, gravity’s effect on time, cosmology, the “Big Bang,” Time Dilation and Tidal Forces.

ZOOM LINK: Available on website to paid and registered members


INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Lawrence Lifshitz, received a BA in Physics from Harvard University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC in 1987. He taught courses at UMass Medical School from 1987-2020. His specialty areas are computer vision, computer graphics, mathematical modeling, and bioinformatics. Over the years, he has continued to read about topics in physics such as Relativity and Black Holes.