Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Where's Einstein when you need him?

OK ... settle down now and listen up ... I am looking for an Einstein brain amongst you to help me solve some very difficult problems.

I am writing a scientific book explaining Einstein's Theory of Relativity in conjunction with the flow of time versus space and the curvature of the space time continuum in relation to gravity.

Try saying that with a mouthful of marshmallows!

Pay attention and I'll try to make this simple both for you and me.

If I were in an open top car driving fast my wig would fly off. As I don't wear a wig, it's all my real hair folks, the chances are that my hat will fly off.

OK ... got that? Hold on to that thought.

Now then, the circumference of the earth at the equator, is just under 25,000 miles - let's call it 24,000 miles.

If I were to stand on the equator, (say in Ecuador), facing East, (because the earth turns from left to right - from West to East),  then it would take a whole 24 hours for me to be back round at the same point where I started as the earth revolves one revolution.

So in effect, if we divide 24,000 miles by 24 hours, we can say that by standing there facing East I am travelling at 1000 miles an hour.

Why doesn't my hat blow off? Why does it fly off when driving a car at say 100 miles an hour but not at 1000 miles an hour? Where's Einstein when you need him?

And if I stood at the North pole, right at the top of the world, I would spin round ever so slowly and get back to the original point where I started in 24 hours - and I'd be very tired standing all this time without a toilet break.

However, if I stood at the South pole, right at the bottom of the world, all the blood would rush to my head because I would be upside down.

If you don't believe me then try this experiment. Take a tennis ball and stick a pin on its equator. Now stick another pin on its North Pole. Revolve the ball from left to right and you will notice that the pin on the equator is travelling faster than the pin on the North Pole is revolving around itself. You will also notice that you have ruined a perfectly good tennis ball. Serves you right for listening to my crazy advice!

Now Einstein had many other theories which I am trying to simplify in my book. And where indeed your help is needed in explaining them.

It is believed that Einstein said that nothing is faster than the speed of light. This is in fact wrong. It was not him but it was a German physicist called Max Planck. His full name is Karl Ernst Ludwig Marx Planck -  but let us call him Max Planck for short. This should not be confused with Max Factor who are also in the business of slowing down time by making women look much younger than they are. 

So ... if we imagine I am in my car standing still, not driving. If I switch on the car headlights; the light will take a tiny infinitesimal period of time to travel from the car to be seen far off at another place in the distance. The speed the light travels from my car to that distant place is known as the speed of light.

Now then ... imagine I am driving the car at 100 miles an hour, and I switch on the headlights. Is the speed of light still the same as when I was standing still or is it 100 miles faster?

And is my hat still on my head or has it blown off?

And if I was driving East on the equator will my speed be 100 miles an hour or 1000 miles plus 100 miles an hour? And would I fall in the water as I run out of land to drive on?

Did you also know that Einstein contradicted Isaac Newton and said there is no such thing as gravity. Obviously he had never been kicked out of bed for watching the sports channel instead of being amorous with his wife!

Finally, my friends, I would like your help in explaining Einstein's Theory of Relativity. As you know, he said that the richer you are the more relatives will turn up at your funeral. Which begs the question; is it worth going to anyone's funeral if these people will not be around to come to yours?

NOTICE 
No tennis balls have been harmed in the writing of this post - 
except the ones you ruined by sticking pins in them.

16 comments:

  1. I read this post both facing east and then west and it took longer when facing east, but then I read left handed, so...

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    1. It all depends on which direction the wind is blowing, JoeH. I believe Bob Dylan wrote a thesis about it.

      God bless.

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  2. I know I am east of you and my head is spinning. I feel lost and don't know what to do. Einstein could help me if he was around. :)

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    1. The thing is, Bill, a lot of what Einstein said and taught is very confusing. I tried to read it and it does not make sense. And then I ask ... "Does it really matter? How does it affect the price of food and underwear?"

      God bless you.

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  3. Confusion, thy name is Victor. My head is spinning as well; and I never did 'understand' much of Einstein's Theory of Relativity; but NOW, it's as clear as MUD!! Thanks, Victor :)

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    1. I'm glad I clarified Einstein's Theory of Relativity, for you, Suzanne. I wonder how many relatives he had.

      God bless you.

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  4. What Suzanne J. just said. Nevertheless, I'm awed by your imagination.

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    1. Einstein also said, "Always wear ear muffs or your imagination will fall out!" So I hope I am doing OK, Mevely. So glad you enjoyed today's offering.

      God bless you.

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  5. Relatives are the only thing I can even understand regarding Einstein's theory, Victor. Yes, my head's spinning, too, but you did get a good chuckle out of me!
    Blessings!

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    1. Actually, Martha, some of the things Einstein and others said are not fully explained. For example the speed of light - if a car is stationery and the headlights are switched on the light will travel from A to B in so many seconds. If the car is driving fast and the lights are switched on; is the speed of light the same or faster?

      God bless.

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  6. Laughter and confusion ...just another day for me!
    You are the best Victor...thank you!

    God Bless~

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    1. I'm so pleased this has made you laugh, Jan. More tomorrow, hopefully.

      God bless you.

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  7. LOL... you lost me after the third paragraph. Too funny!

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  8. LOL! After reading this I need a cup of tea!

    All the best Jan

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