Spring 2014
"Grossmann is getting his doctorate on a topic that is connected with fiddling around and nonEuclidean geometry. I don't know exactly what it is."
 A. Einstein to Mileva Maric, 1902
"We should take comfort in two conjoined features of nature: first, that our world is incredibly strange and therefore supremely fascinating. . . second, that however bizarre and arcane our world might be, nature remains comprehensible to the human mind."
 Stephen Jay Gould
Instructor: 
Seth Major, smajor, x4919, Sci G052 

Office Hours:
Wednesday 1:30  4:00 PM.

Lectures: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:3011:45 in Sci Ctr G029 


Texts: 
Bernard Schutz, A First Course in General Relativity, 2nd edition 
News:
The final is now posted. It is due before 5 PM Saturday May 17.
Course Info and Documents (pdf):
Problem Sets (pdf):
Links:
GR: About the stunning visualizations of black holes in Interstellar.
GR: Wee, light comes! Lillie found this link to some visualizations, including of the warp drive light cone structure.
GR: Here's the html version of the "einstein.nb" Mathematica notebook.
GR: A link to Hartle's Mathematica notebook files.
GR: A link to the paper (pdf) by Baez and Bunn on the meaning of the Einstein equations. (For an older published version see Amer. Jour. Phys. 73 (2005) 644652.
GR: An applet displaying parallel transport on a sphere. This uses Java.
SR: Beautiful animations of the apparent geometry of relativistic moving objects. The dice and the ride down Marktgasse in Tuebingen are particularly good. Note, however, that redshift is not accounted for.
SR: A translation of "Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies", Einstein's original 1905 paper on special relativity. Here's a pdf (1.9 MB) of the original article in German pubished in Annalen der Physik.
Additional Reading:
 Dan Styer, Relativity for the Questioning Mind
 Dennis Overbye, Einstein in Love (A wonderful ``1st half" biography of Einstein. It ends in 1915.)
 Abraham Pais, Subtile is the Lord (A full biography of Einstein with a careful treatment of the science.)
 Paul Krugman's The Theory of Intersellar Trade written many years ago.
Last modified 13 May 2014
