New theories of space and time transformed how people understood their place in the cosmos. This lecture explores these developments from the Einsteinian revolution to Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time.
- What distinguishes ‘classical’ from ‘modern’ physics?
- What was the most important factor in the development of special relativity and quantum mechanics?
- Who accepted and rejected Einstein’s ideas, and why?
- How should we understand ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ in the history of modern physics?
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