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In this course we will seek to “understand Einstein,” especially focusing on the special theory of relativity that Albert Einstein, as a twenty-six year old patent clerk, introduced in his “miracle year” of 1905. Our goal will be to go behind the myth-making and beyond the popularized presentations of relativity in order to gain a deeper understanding of both Einstein the person and the concepts, predictions, and strange paradoxes of his theory. Some of the questions we will address include: How did Einstein come up with his ideas? What was the nature of his genius? What is the meaning of relativity? What’s “special” about the special theory of relativity? Why did the theory initially seem to be dead on arrival? What does it mean to say that time is the “fourth dimension”? Can time actually run more slowly for one person than another, and the size of things change depending on their velocity? Is time travel possible, and if so, how? Why can’t things travel faster than the speed of light? Is it possible to travel to the center of the galaxy and return in one lifetime? Is there any evidence that definitively confirms the theory, or is it mainly speculation? Why didn’t Einstein win the Nobel Prize for the theory of relativity? About the instructor: Dr. Larry Lagerstrom is the Director of Academic Programs at Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development, which offers graduate certificates in subjects such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, data mining, nanotechnology, innovation, and management science. He holds degrees in physics, mathematics, and the history of science, has published a book and a TED Ed video on "Young Einstein: From the Doxerl Affair to the Miracle Year," and has had over 30,000 students worldwide enroll in his online course on the special theory of relativity (this course!)....




This course is very comprehensive and well prepared material for understanding the Special Theory of Relativity. Larry (the instructor) is very expert and has broad knowledge in explaining the course.



Almost anyone can learn about the special theory of relativity from these lectures. I actually can't believe that I studied from a professor who teaches in the USA and in so simple way. I am grateful.


Understanding Einstein: The Special Theory of Relativity: 501 - 525 / 944 レビュー

by Maulik P


This was really amazing. I would like to do another advanced relativity course with Prof. Langerstrom as the instructor.

by Tarunkumar C


It is very informative from level zero to highest. Every topic covered sufficient knowledge. Overall very interesting.

by Noah D


Very thorough, but relatively easy to understand, due to the use of appropriate analogy and well described explanation!

by Michael F


Fantastic insight into Einstein's special theory of relativity. Great food for thoughts and excellent teaching methods.

by Leo K


Excellent introduction to the Special Theory of Relativity: steady pace, lucid explanations and thorough comprehension.

by Yash T


Great course if you want the intuition behind the special theory of relativity

Prof. Lagerstrom is a brilliant teacher.

by Rahul M


Very well taught, explored a little in less in depth than what I thought it would. But a brilliant course all the same

by Yugesh B


Thank you Coursera for providing such a excellent course with such a master prof. from such a prestigious university.

by Navneet J


Awesome course!! Professor explained the concepts in a very simple manner and yet explained them in great details....

by Ken B


This is a good conceptual overview of Special Relativity. The math is light and the course material is fairly broad.

by Preeti M


T​he best Special Theory of Relativity classes I have ever attended. Very informative and easy to understand course.

by DMcAllister


The instructor for this class has a way of making the material very understandable and enjoyable. Excellent course!

by Natarajan D


one of the best courses I have attended. Have explained complex concepts well enough to understand and think about !

by lui l


This course is outstanding in every way. Very accessible,enjoyable and taught superbly. I can't recommend it enough.

by Tingna W


contents are interesting. the explanation is clear. really a good introduction on the special theory of relativity.

by Mark K


Excellent. With just a little bit of Algebra I now feel comfortable with Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity.

by Deleted A


Very good course and great teacher, he really does his best to make things easy to understand but still with humor.

by Glen S


Totally enjoyed this course and the instructor. Ready to move onto General Relativity course if one is available.

by Yaron K


A step by step explanation of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity from the basic concepts, with many examples.

by Dr. J


This course is good enough but so lengthy content and sometimes is is difficult to recall and answer the question.

by Sakthi A


This is the best course I've seen , the professor teaches such a difficult in an understandable way!! Hats off...

by Roberto C


I warmly thank Prof. Larry Randles Lagerstrom for his exposition of the theory of relativity. Sincerely. Roberto

by Ezequiel M J


(BR) Um dos melhores cursos que eu fiz na minha vida!!! // (US) One of the best courses that I did in my life!!!

by Timothy S D


One of the best online courses I've ever taken! Loved it. Prof. Larry Randles Lagerstrom's lectures are awesome.

by Élyse L


Love this. Everything is so clear and extremely well organized, I like the fact that sheets are available to us.