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In this Winter course, we will continue an exploration of string theory with Leonard Susskind, the physicist who first developed this important theory that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity. In particular, the course will focus on string theory with regard to important issues in contemporary physics. Topics will include: 1) the impact of string theory on the pursuit of black holes; 2) the string theory landscape and the implications for cosmology; and 3) the Holographic Principle and its applications.

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In this Winter course, we will continue an exploration of string theory with Leonard Susskind, the physicist who first developed this important theory that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity. In particular, the course will focus on string theory with regard to important issues in contemporary physics. Topics will include: 1) the impact of string theory on the pursuit of black holes; 2) the string theory landscape and the implications for cosmology; and 3) the Holographic Principle and its applications.

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    1. Topics in String Theory Lecture 1 (January 10, 2011)

    1. Topics in String Theory Lecture 1 (January 10, 2011)

    Leonard Susskind gives a lecture on the string theory and particle physics. (January 10, 2011)

    • 1 hr 34 min
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    2. Topics in String Theory Lecture 2 (January 17, 2011)

    2. Topics in String Theory Lecture 2 (January 17, 2011)

    Leonard Susskind describes the special theory of relativity and focuses on showing how it connects to string theory. He considers concepts such as space-time and some of Einstein's original concepts. (January 17, 2011)

    • 1 hr 34 min
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    3. Topics in String Theory Lecture 3 (January 24, 2011)

    3. Topics in String Theory Lecture 3 (January 24, 2011)

    Leonard Susskind uses the most complex math that will be used in the course with the hopes that it will give a better idea of how a black whole works mathematically. (January 24, 2011)

    • 1 hr 40 min
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    4. Topics in String Theory Lecture 4 (January 31, 2011)

    4. Topics in String Theory Lecture 4 (January 31, 2011)

    Leonard Susskind gives a lecture on string theory and particle physics that focuses on the geometry of a black hole near the horizon. (January 31, 2011)

    • 1 hr 36 min
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    5. Topics in String Theory Lecture 5 (February 7, 2011)

    5. Topics in String Theory Lecture 5 (February 7, 2011)

    Leonard Susskind gives a lecture on string theory and particle physics that focuses again on black holes and how light behaves around a black hole. He uses his own theories to mathematically explain the behavior of a black hole. (February 7, 2011)

    • 1 hr 29 min
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    6. Topics in String Theory Lecture 6 (February 14, 2011)

    6. Topics in String Theory Lecture 6 (February 14, 2011)

    Leonard Susskind gives a lecture on string theory and particle physics that focuses on how string theory gives a resolution to the question regarding the entropy in a black hole. (February 14, 2011)

    • 1 hr

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