I’m grading exam papers at the dining room table when Emmy trots in. “Hey, dude,” she says. “Where do we keep the superconducting wire?”
I’m not really paying attention, so I start to answer before I understand the question. “Hmm? Wire is in the basement, next to the–wait, what?”
“The superconducting wire. Where do we keep it?”
“We don’t have any superconducting wire. And you’re a dog. What do you need superconducting wire for, anyway?”
“I’m building a particle collider! I need superconducting wire for the beam-steering magnets.”
How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog goes on sale next Tuesday, wherever you buy books. The above video is a dramatic reading of the dog dialogue that opens Chapter 8: Looking for the Bacon Boson; E = mc2 and Particle Physics. If you enjoy that, there are 11 more such conversations in the book, along with longer, more detailed explanations of the relevant physics.