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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!)....

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Mar 21, 2020

Thanks for helping me understand the Special Theory of Relativity, covered a lot of ground but repeated it so it really could sink in. Like your style and want to thank you for your assistance. Thanks


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 Marius G

Jul 6, 2020

Clear and concise course on this exciting topic!

By Rajat B

Feb 1, 2019

great course that explains concepts really well!

By Ayman G

May 22, 2021

Amazing Course , Great Instructor, Thanks a lot

By Luca S

Nov 16, 2020

you explained this course very well. thank you!

By Ann H

Dec 27, 2018

Superb course. Engrossing from start to finish!

By Richard J

Jan 12, 2017

great...but need some documents...or text book.

By Gustavo A T M

Apr 12, 2021

Thank you for the oportunity. Excelent course.

By Mohammed I

Mar 21, 2018

Excellent Presentation by Dr Larry Lagerstrom.

By William L N

Sep 13, 2021

Excellent material and instructor. Thank you

By Jeffrey M

Jun 26, 2021

Just awesome! Easy to follow and fascinating.

By José L C

Jan 12, 2021

The teaches explains clearly all the concepts

By Mohammad E

Jun 5, 2019

Understand the marvelous structure of reality

By Radhika T

Jun 15, 2017

Beautifully explained and extremely engaging!

By Vika M

Aug 24, 2020

It was an amazing course.It was very helpful

By Eva G

Jan 23, 2020

Clear and complete. Very good for beginners.

By Jason M

Jun 24, 2019

absolultely brilliantly taught course - wow!

By Saurav B

Jun 11, 2017


By Joaquín C M

Jan 17, 2017

Amazing concepts and very interesting course

By Thomas W

Jun 8, 2018

I enjoyed the focused detail of the course.

By Fabio B

Jun 26, 2017

Excellent course with an excellent teacher!

By Chayon G

Jun 28, 2020

Good course indeed. Thanks Mr. Lagerstorm.

By Nyam-Ochir B

Nov 29, 2016

One of the courses that i have taken ever!

By Hatef M A

Aug 9, 2021

Absolutely joyful to complete this course

By Rob A

Jul 18, 2020

Exceptionally well organized, very clear.

By Michael W

Feb 13, 2020

A very enjoyable course very well taught!