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The Fall 2012 quarter of the Modern Physics series concentrates on Einstein’s theory of gravity and geometry: the General Theory of Relativity. Beginning with the basic ideas of Riemannian and curved space, and Minkowski’s “space-time,” we learn about Einstein’s discovery of how gravity is really the curvature of space-time. We also cover the theory of black holes and their strangely paradoxical properties. The final weeks of the course develop the essential ideas of Big Bang cosmology.

Modern Physics: General Theory of Relativity (Fall 2012) Stanford

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The Fall 2012 quarter of the Modern Physics series concentrates on Einstein’s theory of gravity and geometry: the General Theory of Relativity. Beginning with the basic ideas of Riemannian and curved space, and Minkowski’s “space-time,” we learn about Einstein’s discovery of how gravity is really the curvature of space-time. We also cover the theory of black holes and their strangely paradoxical properties. The final weeks of the course develop the essential ideas of Big Bang cosmology.

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    1. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 1 (September 24, 2012)

    1. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 1 (September 24, 2012)

    Leonard Susskind gives a broad introduction to general relativity, touching upon the equivalence principle. (September 24, 2012)

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    2. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 2 (October 1, 2012)

    2. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 2 (October 1, 2012)

    Leonard Susskind introduces some of the building blocks of general relativity including proper notation and tensor analysis. (October 1, 2012)

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    3. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 3 (October 8, 2012)

    3. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 3 (October 8, 2012)

    Leonard Susskind continues his discussion of Riemannian geometry and uses it as a foundation for general relativity. (October 8, 2012)

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    4. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 4 (October 15, 2012)

    4. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 4 (October 15, 2012)

    Leonard Susskind moves the course into discussions of gravity and basic gravitational fields. (October 15, 2012)

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    5. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 5 (October 22, 2012)

    5. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 5 (October 22, 2012)

    Leonard Susskind derives the spacetime metric for a gravitational field, and introduces the relativistic mathematics that describe a black hole. (October 22, 2012)

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    6. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 6 (October 29, 2012)

    6. General Theory of Relativity Lecture 6 (October 29, 2012)

    Leonard Susskind presents the physics of black holes including the event horizon, the photon sphere, and the singularity. (October 29, 2012)

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