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Jon Agar – Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond – Podularity
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Little games, big science
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Share This Course. Choose a Format. Streaming Included Free. Imagine Today's Science from a Turn-of-the Century Perspective Scientists in had no inkling of the other mind-boggling developments that lay in wait: plate tectonics, genetic engineering, space probes, nanotechnology, Big Bang theory, electronic computers, nuclear weapons, artificial intelligence, and many other astounding products of the human mind. Throughout these 36 lectures, you learn the distinctive ideas that characterize 20th-century science, among them: Science is a unity that encompasses the "hard" sciences of physics and chemistry, and the "soft" sciences, such as economics and sociology.
Modern science is a cultural phenomenon that has an inside, intellectual dimension, and an outside, social relationship dimension. Concepts change: The terms space, time, matter, energy, the universe, Earth, gene, language, economy, culture, and society no longer mean what they did a century ago.
Reality is ultimately describable in terms of information, relationships, and processes.
20th century in science
Many other influential investigators are featured, including: Philosopher-mathematician Bertrand Russell who, in the early 20th century, refuted the long-standing project of Gottlob Frege to reduce all of arithmetic to logic by posing a famous paradox. Astronomer Fred Hoyle who, in the s, ridiculed the hypothesis that the universe expanded from an infinitely dense point by labeling it the "big bang" theory. The name stuck—and the theory ultimately triumphed.
Physicist Leon Lederman, who was encountered by Professor Goldman in , moments after a telegram confirmed Lederman's historic discovery of the top quark.