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Revolutions in Physics: Einstein and the Quantum (with little math)

Quantum theory and relativity were the two great revolutions in twentieth-century physics. Albert Einstein alone created the theories of relativity, but less recognized are the major contributions he made to the development of quantum mechanics. We will examine his life and the concepts he created (no math required). Later in his career, Einstein became disenchanted with the interpretation of quantum theory by Niels Bohr and others and said famously, “I am convinced that God is not playing at dice.”

Instructor Bio:

John K. Pribram is professor emeritus of physics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and lecturer in physics at the University of Virginia where he has taught at least one course in each of eleven years. At Bates, aside from teaching almost all the standard undergraduate physics courses, he also developed two physics courses for non-science majors and has taught two similar courses at UVA.

Required Reading:

Stone, A. Douglas. Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian, 2015 [the 2015 printing has an preface updated from the original 2013 text]. This will be our major text both for Einstein’s physics and for his biographical material. It will be supplemented with a few important nineteenth and twentieth-century, developments and more biographical information.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B402 John Pribram April 19, 26, May 3, 10 Th 10:00-11:30 a.m. Homewood Suites WL

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