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soothing waves of relativity

Our corner of the universe.

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This years Independence Day reading is Einstein’s Cosmos, by Michio Kaku. And here from the book is a lovely reminder to us all about our life.

“If relativity and quantum theory violated common sense, it was only because we live our entire life in a tiny corner of the universe, in a sheltered world where velocities are low compared to the speed of light and objects are so large we never encounter Planck’s Constant. Nature, however, does not care about our common sense, but created a universe based on subatomic particles that routinely go near the speed of light and obey Plank’s Constant.”

The lesson is: we talk like we have got a handle on this life and god and politics and all of it. But we don’t. We have a tiny piece of the picture. The more we realize that, the better for everything. Also, physics is awesome.

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Written by Christopher ZF

July 3, 2011 at 15:58

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