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.
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.
By HARI S P•
This course was really interesting and the Professor was excellent. Thanks to the professor and the mentors too as they took their time to clarify the doubts of the learners via the discussion page.
By Jess C•
A good balance of qualitative and quantitative elements. Perfect for someone who is interested in the Special Theory of Relativity but did not get enough from introductory books.
By Arnaud D•
The course covers the base of special theory of relativity, as well as historical background. The course is easy to follow. The assements are easy also. Really enjoyable course !
By SİLİ H•
this course gave me more curiosity about einsten, (even though I haven't completed it yet :)) if you are interested in einstein and his theory, I suggest you take a look
By Ibrahim U•
Each concept is lucidly explained with full context given behind each contest. Recommend everybody to give it a try!!
By Daniel P•
Es un curso largo y lento pero permite aprender los fundamentos de la teoria y retenerlos para siempre. Buen curso.
By Durairaj R•
got to know a lot with concise and yet detailed explaination with simple requirements of mathematics and physics.
thanks alot, all credits to Dr.Larry Randles Lagerstrom and Coursera team
By Gefei L•
Easy to comprehend for people with non-science background. Great course!
By Akarsha S•
Interesting course. Professor is thorough and explained it brilliantly.
By Rene J•
I just happen to think that Larry is a splendid lecturer, (as it were)
By Michael D•
Great course - well structured, and expertly guided.
By Abhishek P•
Amazing course teaches a lot about the universe.
By AMRUTHA S R•
The most complicated theory was made very easy.
By Parthip P•
it is a very interesting and unique chapter
By Vasurva W•
I like the way the instructor explains.
By Ankit S•
wonderful!! more than as expected
Good place to learn
By Mohammad A•
By harsh r•
This course is just okay. The professor seemed nice and explained the concepts well. However it takes a painstaking long hours just to proceed to the next material(if you aren’t skipping stuff) as he just keeps over-explaining. The problems are far too easy , if you want to do relativity from a quantitative standpoint. Also,my biggest complaint is the introduction, which lasts for about 3 hours. And it takes around middle of the 2nd week to get started. I get it, make haste slow, but not to a crawl.
By John G•
Can't believe this course is taught to Stanford students (or any college students). The lecturer is soooo repetitive. He tells you what he's going to tell you, then he tells you and then he recaps. And he summarizes it all at the start of the next lecture. And there's a separate summary lecture at the end of each week. That said, he explains the material well. Cut the lectures by 2/3 and you'll have a 5-star course.
By Peter O•
The course was too simple and the derivations too slow. I expected more involved math and harder quizzes.
By sandesh k•
By Ben P•
This fascinating course presented by a historian of science covers not just the basics of special relativity but the historical context as well. The lecturer starts off each week with some Einstein quotes and goes to great depths to explain the basic concepts at a level that is accessible to students with minimal experience of maths and physics. The concepts are firmly drilled in with plenty of optional quizzes after each mini-topic, and a summary video at the end of each week. The lectures are long but anyone short on time has the option to go straight to the weekly summary/quiz, and/or play videos at up to 2x speed (especially in weeks 2 and 3).
The main highlight for me was the explanation of the famous Twins Paradox and other related paradoxes which are resolved by understanding frames of reference and the relativity of simultaneity. Another bonus was an explanation of the bending of light by gravity through a simple thought experiment involving an accelerated elevator.
Some important topics not covered in the course, or only hinted at, are: treatment of accelerated reference frames (required to derive the relativistic rocket equations), relativistic momentum and kinetic energy (required to calculate the rocket fuel required) and relativistic energy (used to derive Einstein's mass-energy equivalence formula).
Overall I highly recommend the course to anyone with the time and inclination.