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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog! - Chad Orzel - Review


ARRIVING BEFORE YOU LEFT!

Great idea : "What we see in the Universe are all, in fact, disguised aspects of a single interaction."

Brilliant mistake: We often assume that the concept of relativity is beyond our understanding and is not vital for understanding. This book would really take you to the concept of understanding the 'limitations' with which we are living.

Know this: Complex Einsteinian ideas like the slowing of time for a moving observer, the shrinking of moving objects, the effects of gravity on light and time, black holes, the Big Bang, with simple examples would make even a lay man understand the concepts of 'LIFE' - may be that is why the author thought he would teach that to his dog!

Regret: There is a good analysis for Einstein's comment about "greatest blunder of his life". Unfortunately, he is not alive to see how his 'cosmological constant' is being used now a days by many Physicsts to describe the expanding Universe.

Humorous Aspect: The most important thing I liked in this book is when the authors' dog spills the coffee by mistake after which it starts roaming around the room, speeder and speeder, and when the author asked why it was doing so, it replied, "I want to move faster and faster so that I can slow the time and slowing this would at some stage stop the time or take me to the PAST. Once in the 'PAST', I would 'restore' the spilled coffee"! Humorous, but a true concept.

I would recommend this as 'must-read' for all - I mean all.

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