I don’t know if Dr. Einstein would have written a Nutshell book if he were around nowadays, but I do know that my favorite audio company, The Teaching Company, is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth by offering two free physics lectures for the downloading, one on “Einstein’s Miracle Year” and the other “Relativity in a Nutshell”.
Mini bio: Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 � April 18, 1955) was a Jewish theoretical physicist who is widely regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century. He proposed the theory of relativity and also made major contributions to the development of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and cosmology. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect and “for his services to Theoretical Physics”.
Here’s their description of these two lectures:
We are pleased to present two complimentary lectures on the history of physics: “Einstein’s Miraculous Year” and �Relativity in a Nutshell� are presented by Professor Richard Wolfson, a 20-year teaching veteran at Middlebury College, These lectures reflect his expertise in interpreting science for the non-specialist.
We offer free lectures to our customers at various times throughout the year as part of our goal to provide a lifelong learning experience. You may access these free lectures online any time between now and July 31, 2005.
In �Einstein’s Miracle Year,� you will learn about 1905, when the great physicist published major works in diverse areas of physics. Two of them�on the quantum nature of light and on special relativity�laid the groundwork for much of 20th-century physics. Others presented final convincing evidence for the reality of atoms and molecules.
Einstein’s name is most closely associated with the Theory of Relativity. In �Relativity in a Nutshell,� Dr. Wolfson outlines the essence of relativity and hints at why the theory requires a radical restructuring of our notions of time and space.
You may listen to these lectures at your computer by choosing to “stream” them, or you may download them to listen on your computer without being attached to the Internet. You may also burn them to a CD or load them on a portable listening device if you download them.
I save the MP3, drag it to my iTunes, then save it on my iPod for my next listening session. Simple, easy, and usually darn interesting!
Here are the critical links:
Einstein’s Miracle Year: Windows Media, Real Media or MP3 download
Relativity In a Nutshell: Windows Media, Real Media or MP3 download
You can also learn quite a bit more about the brilliant and eccentric Albert Einstein by starting at Wikipedia, then exploring the Albert Einstein Archives.