*~The Quantum Revolution~*

Have you ever been in two places at once? Can you jump through a solid barrier? Can you travel backwards in time? Come explore these and other strange mysteries of the quantum world. Learn about quarks, leptons, the Uncertainty principle, and quantum tunneling. We will ponder the perplexing behavior of elementary particles from best-selling author/physicist Brian Greene and the lectures of Nobel laureate Richard Feynman. Develop a new way of seeing the universe through an entertaining presentation of the science that governs the submicroscopic world.

WEEK 1: Welcome and Overview - What is the world made of? What are quarks? What are leptons? These fundamental building blocks of nature combine to make protons, neutrons, atoms, and the ultimately all the know matter in our universe. Learn how these particles tell the story of creation itself in the Big Bang theory.

WEEK 2: The Four Forces and Antiparticles - We will look at the four forces that hold everything in the universe together. Are they really all the same force? Is antimatter traveling backwards in time? Find out about neutrinos, and why they are called the "ghost particle". Explore E = mc^{2} and how particles spontaneously turn into pure energy or into other particles.

WEEK 3: The Quantum Revolution - Learn how an unknown patent clerk explained the mystery of the Photoelectric Effect and won a Nobel Prize (his name was Albert Einstein). We will discuss the Uncertainty Principle and its amazing implications. Do particles really appear spontaneously out of "empty" space?

WEEK 4: The Famous Double-Slit Experiment - Is light a particle or a wave? Or both? Are electrons both too? A particle appears to go through both slits at the same time. We turn on a light to see which slit, and the particle now only goes through one slit! We will look at Feynman's curious rules to explain this weird behavior at the quantum level.

WEEK 5: Let There be Light - Learn from Feynman's wonderful lectures about the strange behavior of light. The subject is distilled into lucid concepts, using simple arrow drawings. Learn how mirror reflection really works. gain a fundamental understanding of the quantum world from the sum-of-all-paths approach. Does quantum mechanics imply parallel universes?

WEEK 6: Let There be Light (Continued) - Feynman explains light reflecting of a mirror, refraction, diffraction, and how lenses work all in terms of his simple quantum rules. Learn how light does not really travel in straight lines. Find out how the partial reflection of light gives peacocks and hummingbirds their iridescent feathers.