Reading Einstein’s Papers: an Introduction to General Relativity and the Philosophy of Space and Time with John Hessler


Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: Reading Einstein’s Papers: an Introduction to General Relativity and the Philosophy of Space and Time

Instructor: John Hessler

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March 28, 2024 - May 02, 2024 (6 Sessions)  

Thursday,  6:45 PM ET  

In Person at Homewood Campus 



Course Description: In the early part of the 20th century Albert Einstein wrote a series of papers that would transform, not only the foundations of physics and cosmology, but also the philosophy and practice of science. In this course, students will be taken on a guided reading of several of Einstein’s papers, including his 1915 exposition of General Relativity, and explore many of his unpublished materials. We will look deeply into his Zurich notebook and other archival materials, in order to get a better sense of the mathematical and philosophical foundations of his theories. The course will also delve into Einstein’s notion of the structure of space and the concept of causality. We will see how his ideas about the structure of reality continue to resonate in modern ideas of the global structure of space-time and we will consider the mathematical and philosophical underpinnings of current theories, like causal set theory and quantum gravity. 


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ABOUT John Hessler
Director of the Biomap-Lab and Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University.

John Hessler is an applied mathematician, computer scientist, and lecturer in the Odyssey Program at Johns Hopkins University. 

He is the founder and director of the biomap-lab, where they are developing new statistical and computational tools for mapping and visualizing the dynamics of far from equilibrium spatial processes, like the spread of pandemics, non-stationary urban processes, and mass population movement. Their current computational research centers on retrospectively mapping the spatial phylodynamics and complex transmission pathways of the 2014-2016 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, and on studying the geographic distribution of the earliest cases of SARS-CoV-2.

 Event Date
Thursday, March 28, 2024
6:45pm EDT

Thursday, May 2, 2024
8:00pm EDT


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Baltimore, MD 21210

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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