Einstein and the Structure of Reality

Course Description

Albert Einstein once remarked "One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to contemplate only a little of this mystery each day." In this course we will contemplate the history, science, and philosophy involved in three pathbreaking and contentious episodes in Einstein's lifelong quest to unveil the structure of reality: the special theory of relativity, the general theory of relativity, and the quantum theory.

Course Details

  • Grading Basis: Letter Grade or Credit/No Credit
  • Cross-Listings: HISTORY 341D
  • Unit-Range Information: The undergraduate section (241D) is built as 5 units, and the graduate section (341D) is offered as 4 to 5 units.
  • Intensive Studies: This course is offered as part of the Thinking About Thinking Intensive and must be taken for 5 units. See the Intensive Studies page for more information on how to receive an official Document of Completion.
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