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About the Course

In this course we will seek to “understand Einstein,” especially focusing on the special theory of relativity that Albert Einstein, as a twenty-six year old patent clerk, introduced in his “miracle year” of 1905. Our goal will be to go behind the myth-making and beyond the popularized presentations of relativity in order to gain a deeper understanding of both Einstein the person and the concepts, predictions, and strange paradoxes of his theory. Some of the questions we will address include: How did Einstein come up with his ideas? What was the nature of his genius? What is the meaning of relativity? What’s “special” about the special theory of relativity? Why did the theory initially seem to be dead on arrival? What does it mean to say that time is the “fourth dimension”? Can time actually run more slowly for one person than another, and the size of things change depending on their velocity? Is time travel possible, and if so, how? Why can’t things travel faster than the speed of light? Is it possible to travel to the center of the galaxy and return in one lifetime? Is there any evidence that definitively confirms the theory, or is it mainly speculation? Why didn’t Einstein win the Nobel Prize for the theory of relativity? About the instructor: Dr. Larry Lagerstrom is the Director of Academic Programs at Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development, which offers graduate certificates in subjects such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, data mining, nanotechnology, innovation, and management science. He holds degrees in physics, mathematics, and the history of science, has published a book and a TED Ed video on "Young Einstein: From the Doxerl Affair to the Miracle Year," and has had over 30,000 students worldwide enroll in his online course on the special theory of relativity (this course!)....

Top reviews

Dec 8, 2019

Almost anyone can learn about the special theory of relativity from these lectures. I actually can't believe that I studied from a professor who teaches in the USA and in so simple way. I am grateful.

Aug 11, 2020

It was wonderful experience to know the special theory of relativity from Larry, who has presented the course in very simple way to understand. Thanks a lot to Larry for providing such a good session.

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By Venkataramana K

Aug 12, 2019

This course really help me to satisfy my quest to understand time dilation

By Marco Q

Sep 25, 2017

Excellent course, It lets You understand clearly the strange nature works.

By Steven R

Sep 11, 2021

Excellent instructor who generated a great deal of enthusiasm for course

By Alan L

May 24, 2020

Concepts all very clearly explained. Diagram and notes were very helpful.

By Helena H

Jul 2, 2018

Except from the slow pace of teaching, everything is clearly illustrated!

By Ramon F

Apr 25, 2021

It was such an interesting experience to learn the theory of relativity


Jun 28, 2020

Most complicated things explained so easily. A true mind changer course.

By Aishik B

Dec 4, 2016

A very useful insight into Einstein and his Special Theory of Relativity

By malavika s

Feb 12, 2017

Very well paced, with very clear explanations and interesting insights.

By Sonuraj H D

Sep 10, 2020

This great explation course that should work in daily life of physics.

By Paul V

Aug 30, 2018

Right now I understand what Dr. Einstein is talking about. Hats off to

By Neoprana S

Apr 25, 2017

I have never felt so enthusiastic to study anything in my entire life!

By Chavarria G

Nov 28, 2020

So easy to understand, thank you very much. I enjoy the explanations.

By Pahul K

Jun 20, 2020

Best leactures i have ever attended in my life.

Thank you so much sir.

By Lucia R M

Nov 8, 2018

larry was a great teacher and i really enjoyed this course! thank you

By Manav S

Apr 6, 2021

it is a excellent course to start your dive in theory of relativity

By Prabhanjan T

Jun 13, 2018

Awesome course. Anyone interested in Special Relativity must do it.

By Rafid B

Sep 17, 2020

This course is wonderful, and the teacher is excellent. Thank you!

By angelo z

Jun 16, 2020

"the struggle to understand can be an ennobling experience" (cit.)

By Rahul M

Jul 5, 2019

superb course from a professor who makes such a tough topic simple

By Kantaphat P

Aug 28, 2018

Very thoughtful and interesting. Also not very hard to understand.

By Daniel B

Jun 24, 2018

Great course that was really interesting and thoroughly explained.

By Luisa M A

Apr 5, 2018

Excellent to make a sense and appreciate the beauty of this theory

By Emily d B

Jun 19, 2017

Very well taught! Clear explanations and very interesting subject.

By Dalius G

May 3, 2018

Simple, objective, informative. Amazing course, thanks Coursera !