ESP Biography



BEN HOROWITZ, ESP Teacher




Major: Physics

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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Physics of Black Holes in Splash Spring 19
How does a black hole form? What is an event horizon? What is the difference between a Kerr and Schwarzschild metric? In this course we will discuss these topics, and maybe get into some of the still open questions.


Physics of Black Holes in Splash Spring 18
How does a black hole form? What is an event horizon? What is the difference between a Kerr and Schwarzschild metric? In this course we will discuss these topics, and maybe get into some of the still open questions.


Physics of Black Holes and Gravitational Waves in Splash Fall 17
How does a black hole form? What is an event horizon? We will discuss these questions and then dive into the discovery of gravitational waves, one of the coolest discoveries of modern astronomy and winner of the most recent Nobel Prize in Physics.


Introduction to Differential Equations in Splash Fall 15
Differential Equations are the most powerful mathematical tools ever created to understand the world. They are essential to understanding economics, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, meteorology, sociology, and tons more. Also differential equations are interesting in a purely mathematical context, and have an extensive theory of existence and uniqueness of solutions. Come to embrace differential equations from both a computational and theoretical perspective; covering topics like separation of variables, homogeneous and non-homogeneous linear equations, Laplace transforms and systems of linear equations. Also, I will cover some cool qualitative methods (linearization of non-linear systems, phase diagrams) if time permits.


Physics of Black Holes in Splash Spring 15
How does a black hole form? What is an event horizon? What is the difference between a Kerr and Schwarzschild metric? In this course we will discuss these topics, and maybe get into some of the still open questions.