8.20 | January IAP 2021 | Undergraduate

Introduction to Special Relativity

Week 1: Foundations of Special Relativity

Lecture 1.4: Space, Time, and Spacetime

Description: Professor David Kaiser teaches in the physics department at MIT and is also a historian of science. In this guest lecture, he describes how the most accomplished physicists of the mid-to-late 19th century were thinking about motion of bodies through space and time, and how, at the end of that century, a rather young and very little-known person named Albert Einstein began asking similar questions but often in very different ways. (01:13:40)

Space, Time, and Spacetime (PDF - 5.8MB) (Courtesy of Prof. David Kaiser. Used with permission.)

Instructor: Prof. David Kaiser

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January IAP 2021
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