Mark Twain once wrote: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into
trouble --it's what you know for sure that just ain't so." So it was
that, 109 years ago, some of humanity's collective confusions were
lifted when a 26-year-old Swiss patent clerk realized that something
that everyone on Earth knew for sure was actually profoundly wrong. Come
hear Professor Shankar get to the heart of Albert Einstein's great
insight, which has been called "The most beautiful thought that anyone
has ever had," using a blackboard, a piece of chalk and no equations.
The only prerequisite for you: an open mind.
Professor R. Shankar is the John Randolph Huffman Professor of
Physics at Yale University. A popular lecturer, his wry sense of humor
and spontaneous witticisms have made him as famous as his research
accomplishments and best-selling textbooks. A sample: "Many people think
that, since they're going to be doctors or something, they're never
going to need to know about relativity. Well, what if one of your
patients starts running away from you at the speed of light? Then you
really need to know this."
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