Aristotle to Hawking: A History of Physics

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 2018
Thursdays, 9-11 a.m.
Mark Whipple
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Winter

What we now call physics is a collection of often apparently unrelated topics such as motion, forces, gravity, electricity, energy and matter. Understanding the laws that govern these phenomena is a process as old as mankind itself, and in this course we will trace the historical development of that quest. Along the way we will see the evolution of science itself, including the contributions of Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Planck and Einstein as well as some of the blunders that have taken place. No expertise in, understanding of, or aptitude for physics is expected.

Mark Whipple ( has been a teacher every year since 1976 and has taught at the College for Seniors since 2013. He believes that he learns just as much from each course as do his participants.