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CCK11 Einstein Speaks on Theory!

February 14, 2011

Having some fun on John Mak’s blog channelling Einstein:

“You see, at the time I was thinking this theory, I did not host any other theory. Other people hosted their various theories, and I did not feel welcome in them. Sometimes their hosting rules prohibited my inclusion, sometimes their hosting rules seemed silly, and I couldn’t help but think that if their rules were silly, then maybe their theory was also silly. I felt pushed to make my own home, construct my own world, where I would feel welcome and could have my own hosting rules too. So I created the theory of relativity. Unfortunately for you and Ken and others, if you wish to co-host my theory, there are a few rules you must follow….”

“My theory creation began with observations that seemingly at first had little to do with physics. When I was contemplating the variety of theories hosted by other people, I noticed that each of those theories could be thought of as emanating from within a specific frame of reference, i.e. the theory spoke as much about its object as it did about the subject from whom it was spoken by. When I thought about physics, I started to wonder if a similar observation prevailed – did the frame of reference, the position of the observer matter? And I concluded that it did, and then, working from this assumption, I was able to develop my theories of relativity as applied to physics”.

“So, you ask, what are the rules that you must follow in order to co-host my theory?  The main one is this:

Noun 1. relativityrelativity – (physics) the theory that space and time are relative concepts rather than absolute concepts

Relative to what, you might ask?  Relative to the observer.  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, don’t you think?”

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4 Comments
  1. Hi Ken,
    Spot on. Theory of Relativity in Learning. That’s the fun side of learning. Isn’t that a good rule: to have fun, and we will learn and excel?
    John

  2. Ha Ken, nice blogpost. I think I can taste some feelings about people regarding a theory as a property
    Only one tiny misunderstanding about Einsteins theory. Einstein discovered that time and space are related. (no relativism here).

    There is no subjectivity in the theory of Newton, no matter who you are, sweet or evil, you will fall down when you step out of my window.
    Ha Ken, nice post. Only one tiny misunderstanding about Einsteins theory. Einstein discovered that time and space are related. (no relativism here).

    There is no subjectivity in the theory of Newton, no matter who you are, sweet or evil, you will fall down when you step out of my window.
    “sciences”in English usually physics, in my language it it a overall word.
    Scientific theories try to describe reality, nobody can host them. A person hosting a theory is a preacher, without a scientific worldview. No offence here, preaching is a common profession.

    Scientific theories try to describe reality, nobody can host them. A person hosting a theory is a preacher, without a scientific worldview. No offence here, preaching is a common profession.
    I agree on your point that a theory cannot be the property of a person, but that person has a right to claim the truth of his theory and defend the truth.
    regards Jaap

  3. deadvocate permalink

    Sure Jaap, but Newton’s theory of gravity isn’t about falling out the window. His perception of an apple falling on his head (so the story goes) led to his theory:

    “Newton’s law of universal gravitation states that every massive particle in the universe attracts every other massive particle with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them”.

    Einstein actually corrected Newton’s original theory:

    “These objections (to Newton’s theory) were rendered moot by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, in which gravitation is an attribute of curved spacetime instead of being due to a force propagated between bodies. In Einstein’s theory, masses distort spacetime in their vicinity, and other particles move in trajectories determined by the geometry of spacetime. This allowed a description of the motions of light and mass that was consistent with all available observations. In general relativity, the gravitational force is a fictitious force due to the curvature of spacetime, because the gravitational acceleration of a body in free fall is due to its world line being a geodesic of spacetime”.

    From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton's_law_of_universal_gravitation

    Falling out the window and down is an observation, not the explanation (theory) behind it.

  4. deadvocate permalink

    (Einstein speaks to Jaap)

    “Yes, space and time are related, and their relation results in viewing them as relative and not absolute concepts”.

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