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This course is comprised of a six-quarter sequence of classes that will explore the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics. The topics covered in this course sequence will include classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, the general and special theories of relativity, electromagnetism, cosmology, and black holes. While these courses will build upon one another, each course also stands on its own, and both individually and collectively they will let students attain the “theoretical minimum” for thinking intelligently about modern physics.
Quantum theory governs the universe at its most basic level. In the first half of the 20th century physics was turned on its head by the radical discoveries of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Erwin Schroedinger. An entire new logical and mathematical foundation—quantum mechanics—eventually replaced classical physics. We will explore the quantum world, including the particle theory of light, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and the Schroedinger Equation.

Modern Physics: The Theoretical Minimum - Cosmology Stanford Continuing Studies Program

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    • 4.6 • 34 Ratings

This course is comprised of a six-quarter sequence of classes that will explore the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics. The topics covered in this course sequence will include classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, the general and special theories of relativity, electromagnetism, cosmology, and black holes. While these courses will build upon one another, each course also stands on its own, and both individually and collectively they will let students attain the “theoretical minimum” for thinking intelligently about modern physics.
Quantum theory governs the universe at its most basic level. In the first half of the 20th century physics was turned on its head by the radical discoveries of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Erwin Schroedinger. An entire new logical and mathematical foundation—quantum mechanics—eventually replaced classical physics. We will explore the quantum world, including the particle theory of light, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and the Schroedinger Equation.

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    Cosmology Lecture 1 (January 13, 2009)

    Cosmology Lecture 1 (January 13, 2009)

    science, physics, Big Bang theory, space-time, geometry, inflation, dark matter, dark energy, cosmological constant, expansion theory, galaxy, doppler shift, relativity, alice, bob, frequency, Hubble constant, homogeneity, isotropy, velocity of recession,

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    Cosmology Lecture 2 (January 19, 2009)

    Cosmology Lecture 2 (January 19, 2009)

    Leonard Susskind discusses the central concepts of astrophysics, cosmology and relativity. (January 19, 2009)

    • 7 sec
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    Cosmology Lecture 3 (January 26, 2009)

    Cosmology Lecture 3 (January 26, 2009)

    Leonard Susskind discusses the central concepts of astrophysics, cosmology and relativity. (January 26, 2009)

    • 7 sec
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    Cosmology Lecture 4 (February 2, 2009)

    Cosmology Lecture 4 (February 2, 2009)

    Felix Bloch Professor in Physics Leonard Susskind discusses the central concepts of astrophysics, cosmology and relativity. (February 2, 2009)

    • 7 sec
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    Cosmology Lecture 5 (February 16, 2009)

    Cosmology Lecture 5 (February 16, 2009)

    Felix Bloch Professor in Physics Leonard Susskind discusses the central concepts of astrophysics, cosmology and relativity. (February 16, 2009)

    • 6 sec
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    Cosmology Lecture 6 (March 2, 2009)

    Cosmology Lecture 6 (March 2, 2009)

    Felix Bloch Professor in Physics Leonard Susskind discusses the central concepts of astrophysics, cosmology and relativity. (March 2, 2009)

    • 6 sec

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Pat9876123 ,

Amazing

Great lecture on an amazing topic! Fascinating stuff!

hwlin ,

Susskind is a genius

It's great that Stanford has posted these online!

JonnieBangkok ,

Makes Me Hungry

I understand only a quarter of what he's talking about but it's funny to watch him go on about physics and cosmology while drinking coffee and eating his cookies.

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