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Highlights of this Course

Modern Physics is full of ideas and concepts that are weird, counterintuitive and wondrous. These concepts arise from a framework that provides a deep understanding of our universe - both microscopic and extra-galactic. Learn about the following topics that will be studied: Relativity and Quantum Mechanics began at the turn of the 20th century and made possible the understanding and unraveling of the atom, the nucleus, and the fundamental constituents of all matter in the universe; Wave-particle Duality; Copenhagen, Heisenberg's Uncertainty, Schrödinger's Cat, Relativity; Space-time Continuum; Twin Paradox; and nuclear Weapons.

Course Description

Physics for Humanists is intended for those who are intellectually and emotionally curious but do not intend to specialize in the natural sciences. The course covers facts and concepts of classical and modern physics; eminent scientists and the emotions that have impelled them; nuclear energy and nuclear bombs; and the interaction, both constructive and destructive, between science and society.

Please note that the course as presented here does not contain the full content of the course as taught at Tufts. The included content is based on material the Tufts faculty and instructors choose to include, as well as factors such as content preparation, software compatibility, and intellectual property and copyright restrictions.
Course Faculty
Gary R. Goldstein
Course Length
39 Hours