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Updated: May 23, 2016

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Einstein explained in Physics 12 course

The recent discovery of "gravity waves" is just the most recent confirmation of Einstein's remarkable ideas about space, time, and gravity. As a matter of fact, his general theory of relativity is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Now you can learn all about Einstein’s ideas (without math or technical jargon) in the award-winning Foothill College course, Physics 12, affectionately known as “Everything You’ve Wanted to Know about Einstein But Were Afraid to Ask.”  The course will be offered this spring on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Although Albert Einstein died in 1955, his work continues to capture the imagination of scientists and the public.  In the last few years, astronomers have found new confirmation of some of Einstein’s most bizarre ideas -- including time itself slowing down under the right circumstances and gravity acting like the distorting mirrors of an amusement park.  Huge black holes have been found, some of them having “eaten” enough material to make 10 billion Suns.  And now, the ripples in space and time called “gravity waves” have also been found.

For more about the instructor and the course, please visit the Foothill College Astronomy Department webpage.

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