__Course Description__

This course is intended for non-majors who wish to
know something about some of the fundamental and

glamorous topics of modern physics without getting deeply involved
with lots of mathematics. It is our one

term "Physics for Poets" course.

Topics will include models of the solar system (Ptolemy,
Copernicus, Kepler), concepts of space-time and motion (Einstein, Galileo,
Newton), causality, determinism, and uncertainty (Heisenberg, Schroedinger)
and some of the

concepts such as symmetry which underlie elementry particle physics
(Feynman, Gell-Mann, Wigner and others).

__Grading Criteria__

The course grade is based on two or three short answer-essay exams, a few conceptual homework problems and questions, and class discussion.

__Course Materials__

The Cornell Library has quite a few good supplementary reading materials for this course. A few of them are:

- Adair,

Bridgeman,

Gamow,

Glashow,

Margenau,

Mills,

Jauch,

Kaufmann,

Hoffmann,

Brennan,

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modified October 9, 1998 by Richard Jacob