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Get up to (light) speed on Einstein's theory of relativity.

Book 18 Lessons

Made in collaboration with

Course description

This course was written in collaboration with Aaron Miller, a PhD in physics from Penn State University, and was integrated into a YouTube video series on MinutePhysics.

Beginning with famous thought experiments and a few intuitive principles from Newtonian mechanics, this course closely follows Einstein's arguments leading to the epiphany that time and space are a single entity, spacetime, where physical processes unfold.

Topics covered

  • 4-vectors
  • Lorentz Transformations
  • Mass-energy Equivalence
  • Spacetime Paradoxes
  • Particle Physics
  • Reference Frames
  • Spacetime Curvature
  • Spacetime Diagrams
  • Spacetime Intervals
  • Time Dilation

Prerequisites and next steps

You’ll need a fundamental understanding of Newtonian mechanics.