104 History of 20th-Century Physics

Winter 2002-03

Michael Riordan

Describes, analyzes, and interprets the major scientific changes which have characterized the 20th century. Introduction of the ideas of relativity, the role of quantam notions, and rapidly alternating scientific fashions from nuclear physics to particle physics, and from superconductivity to chaos. Emphasis on corresponding changes in sociology, demography, and the impact on philosophy and the changed role of physics in the 20th century.

Winter 02-03 Syllabus

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