Wednesday, October 20, 2010

what are special and general relatvity?

the newest installment of sixty symbols shows a discussion of the difference between special and general relativity. brady also asks what physical constant we might change if given the opportunity.


Big Mark 243 said...

You know, you have an accent ... but it only makes you more Pixie-ish!!

Did I tell you how much I enjoy your blog..?

Charlie said...

Regarding "changing the constants", I immediately went in a different direction: If you set c = 1, then the fundamental purpose of E=mc^2 becomes much more obvious: E=m Energy is matter; matter is energy.

Not quite what they meant, I'm sure, but I am fascinated with the idea that changing our scales or systems of measurement can elucidate or obscure the meaning behind the math.