EinsteinInstructor: Gerry Wheeler

Dates: Wednesdays; Oct. 28 to Nov. 18 Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: Albert Einstein is arguably the archetypical modern scientist. His ideas were revolutionary, changing to the core our understanding of space and time. But, Einstein was also interesting in other ways: He was a pacifist who encouraged President Roosevelt to initiate the Manhattan Project that produced the atomic bomb and then, years later, he regretted his action. In a way that is suitable for a non-mathematical audience, we will explore Einstein’s life and ideas from his formative years, to the development of the theories of special and general relativity, to his quest for a unified theory that explains everything. Class Format: Lecture and discussion
Readings: None required

Instructor Bio:

GerryWheeler-webGerry Wheeler received his BS from Boston University in science education and his PhD from SUNY at Stony Brook in experimental nuclear physics. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and mass-media work, including outstanding teaching awards from Temple University, the University of Hartford, and Montana State University. Wheeler is a past President of the American Association of Physics Teachers and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He co- authored a physics text for non-science majors entitled Physics – A Worldview.

Cost: $50 - member; $85 - nonmember


MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust