A Math-Based Introduction with Brian Greene—AVAILABLE NOW
Einstein's Special Relativity upended our understanding of space, time and energy. While the ideas are subtle, they only require high school algebra, so join this math-based introduction. For a conceptual introduction check out Space,Time and Einstein.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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I really like World Science University class in Special Relativity. There are some drawbacks though. The major ones is that the videos are two small on the screen to watch. The equations that Brian Greene writes on the board is very hard to read, and he goes to fast explaining the material to really follow. The equations look so small, and it looks like chicken scratch. You have to get used to him lecturing . It would be better to have a bigger white board to write on. The course has interactive places where the student can play with the concepts presented in the videos. Unfortunately, the interactive part you need to download doesn't work, or when you try to download you will get a prompt telling you if download the active part, you will damage your mobile like I use.