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PHY 38 — Quantum Physics: At the Dawn of a New Era in Science

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Nov 5—Nov 6
Time: 9:30 am—3:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 29
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $315
Instructor(s): Eugenio Bottacini, Elena Orlando
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Class schedule: Saturday, November 5, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (PT); Sunday, November 6, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
9:30 am—3:00 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Nov 5—Nov 6
2 days
Refund Date
Oct 29
0 Unit
Fees
$315
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s):
Eugenio Bottacini, Elena Orlando
Limit
25
Recording
No
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Class schedule: Saturday, November 5, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (PT); Sunday, November 6, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Quantum physics shook the solid foundations of science laid down with mastery by Galileo and Newton. Today, these foundations still hold, yet they appear in a new light. Without quantum physics, we would have no mobile phones and no GPS, and we would not have Silicon Valley. In this course, we will learn about the events that led a group of geniuses to solve an emergency in science never faced before. These geniuses are the founders of the science of quantum physics. They changed forever the way we look at science, and more generally, at the world. To start, we will look at the solid foundations of science and how we first believed that mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism could explain and predict physical phenomena. Then we will see through specific examples like black-body radiation how experimental results started to question that belief. We will then see how our temerarious group of geniuses, including Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, and many others, proposed solutions in an interplay between pure theory and experimental results. We will also learn about their personal feelings and experiences in accepting each other’s and their own scientific results, and we will look at some examples of applied quantum physics in our everyday life.

EUGENIO BOTTACINI
Associate Professor in Astrophysics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Padua

Eugenio Bottacini researches the physics that governs supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies and how it can be used to understand the universe. He received a PhD in physics from the Technical University of Munich and has held postdoctoral fellowship positions at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and at Stanford.

ELENA ORLANDO
Senior Research Scientist in Astrophysics, HEPL, and KIPAC, Stanford

Elena Orlando’s research focuses on the discovery and explanation of the origin of gamma rays and cosmic rays in the universe. She has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and has been involved in NASA and ESA space missions. Orlando received a PhD in physics from the Technical University of Munich and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics.