Great Ideas in Contemporary Physics

This module aims to acquaint students with some of the great ideas in contemporary physics. Accounts will be given to show how these ideas came about; how they have helped us to understand the mysteries of nature and how they have been developed to transform the world as we know it today. The major topics to be covered include the quantum theory of light, particle waves, wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, development of quantum mechanics, Einstein's special and general theories of relativity, the four fundamental forces, unified theory, sub-nuclear particles, fusion and fission, big-bang cosmology, evolution of stars, black holes and some modern technologies based on physics such as lasers, semiconductors and superconductors. This module is targeted at students from all years and all disciplines except physics majors.

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