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Course Review: Space, Time and Einstein

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Provider: World Science U
Lecturers: Brian Greene
Subject: Science / Physics
Delivery: self-paced asynchronous study
Recommended Load: 3 hrs/week over 3 weeks
Completion Date: 08/02/2014

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in ...

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921 (age 42). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Description: This short course gives an introduction to physics. The website is rolling out other physics courses, ranging from short introductory courses to term-length “University Courses”. One university course entitled “Special Relativity” is available. 2 short courses and 2 university courses on physics are currently in development.

Strengths: Brian Greene presents a rather neat introduction to time and space through the lens of physics. No mathematics or physics knowledge is required, just an interest in learning some concepts. The material is delivered via engaging videos, activities and forum discussions.

Weaknesses: After doing this short course, I will not look at science fiction series and films as before.

Conclusion: I never studied physics in high school due to the intimidating nature of the subject. However, this course does much to make the material accessible, thus spurring an interest, at least in yours truly, in doing further study in physics. As such, I have enrolled in the World Science U term-length course “Special Relativity”.
I recommend this course to anyone with an interest in science and/or physics, as well as anyone looking to avoid pesky technical issues with their science fiction or science-focused writing.

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