Relativistic Mechanics

Descriptions of the motions of objects at speeds comparable to the speed of light.

Introductory lectures

A basic introduction to Einstein’s thinking---one that assumes no prior knowledge, just an open mind. In one short hour, Prof. Shankar breaks down Einstein’s theories and formulas for a lay audience.

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General relativity is the geometric theory of gravitation that generalises special relativity and Newton's law of universal gravitation, providing a unified description of gravity as a geometric property of space and time, or spacetime. In particular, the curvature of spacetime is directly related to the energy and momentum of whatever ...

Instructor: Prof. Leonard Susskind, Stanford University

Topics covered: Gravitation, Tensor Calculus, Equivalance Principle, Einstein's Field Equations, Black Holes, Geodesics

Course level: Graduate

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In 1905, while only twenty-six years old, Albert Einstein published "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" and effectively extended classical laws of relativity to all laws of physics, even electrodynamics. In this course, we will take a close look at the special theory of relativity and also at classical field ...

Instructor: Prof. Leonard Susskind, Stanford University

Topics covered: Special Relativity, Electromagnetic Fields, Maxwell's Equations, Spacetime, Field Theory, Lorentz Transformation

Course level: Advanced Undergraduate

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