How Einstein Challenged Newtonian Physics

July 18, 2019

For centuries, Newtonian physics was the dominant worldview. However, Einstein shook up the scientific community with his groundbreaking papers on light quanta; atoms; and, eventually, his special theory of relativity. […]

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Metaphysics and the Human Body

July 18, 2019

Before the Enlightenment, the metaphysical view of the human body was that of a machine, and all problems with the machine could only be caused by parts of the machine malfunctioning. Removing or fixing those parts was the job of surgeons, and the idea that tiny animals inside us could make us sick—that seemed silly. But a new scientific paradigm born of the Enlightenment changed humanity’s view of the body. […]

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Understanding Metaphysics: Descartes’s Ghost in the Machine

July 18, 2019

Thanks to the Enlightenment and scientific advances over the past 300 years, our understanding of reality has been redefined. But when we talk about redefining reality, we are presuming first that there is a reality and that it’s something we define. Philosophers since the 1700s have been fascinated by this question of knowing reality. It is what philosophers call metaphysics, and Rene Descartes was the godfather of this powerful field of study. […]

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The Great Courses Learning Paths—Physics

June 17, 2019

From the laws of motion first formulated 300 years ago by Sir Isaac Newton to the latest marvels of contemporary research, this series of physics courses allows you to share the joy of humanity’s greatest ongoing adventure of discovery and exploration. […]

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The Theory of Everything: Two Major Unifying Theories of Physics

December 1, 2017

The unifying theories of physics are among the greatest and most complex in all of science; they stand as incomparable masterpieces in the gallery of modern thought. As you experience them, you will witness their progression toward ever-grander insights, pointing towards an as-yet-unfinished ultimate synthesis that will transform our understanding of the universe. […]

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