In this course we discuss the science and life of Albert Einstein in the context of his time. We look into the major innovations of his science, and his involvement in key social and political changes of his age. You will learn about his theory of relativity, his contributions to quantum mechanics, as well as his criticism of it, and his ideas about the existence of atoms, in relation to the scientific, philosophical and cultural context of the early 20th century. Furthermore we will discuss his political involvement in the Weimar republic, his pacifism, Zionism and stance on nuclear armament.
Prof.dr. J.A.E.F. van Dongen
Open to second or third year Bachelor students. Knowledge of secondary school science curricula required. University level science is not required, but an open mind to the exact sciences is very much required.
At the end of the course the student:
This course is open for second or third year UvA students and students from other institutions. Not available for contract students and employees. You can register from 3 December until a week before the start of the course.
If you have any trouble while registering please contact: Keuzeonderwijsfirstname.lastname@example.org
The schedule for this course is published on DataNose.
Literature: Walther Isaacson, Einstein. His Life and Universe, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007.
Costs roughly 15 euro; otherwise literature that is available in library.
Check the website.
Sit down exam (tentamen); writing assignment.
Teaching assistants will guide the writing assignments in three sessions. They will offer feedback and guide the choice of subject and literature. Writing assignment can be done in Dutch or English.
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