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 “spacetime,” we learn about Einstein’s discovery of how gravity is really the curvature of spacetime. 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Leonard Susskind presents the physics of black holes including the event horizon, the photon sphere, and the singularity. (October 29, 2012)