relativity

Category archives for relativity

“I wouldn’t know a spacetime continuum or a warp core breach if they got into bed with me.” -Patrick Stewart It’s the end of the week once again, and so it’s time for another Ask Ethan segment! There have been scores of good questions to choose from that were submitted this month alone (and you…

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” -Dale Carnegie Our new Ask Ethan segment has been really…

Ask Ethan #6: The Center of the Universe

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” -C. S. Lewis And yet, when you search for the truth, you often find answers that butt…

Ask Ethan #3: A Wild New Idea I Read About

“Observations indicate that the universe is expanding at an ever increasing rate. It will expand forever, getting emptier and darker.” -Stephen Hawking Today’s Ask Ethan comes to us via our question/suggestion box from reader MIUFish, who asks: I read something recently about some people who were doing work looking at the possibility that the mass of things…

“It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing — a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind.” -Albert Einstein You’ve heard and seen it plenty of times: Einstein’s most famous equation, E = mc2. I’ve taken you inside this equation before, which…

What is dark energy?

“Because dark energy makes up about 70 percent of the content of the universe, it dominates over the matter content. That means dark energy will govern expansion and, ultimately, determine the fate of the universe.” -Eric Linder It’s been a while since we’ve spoken about dark energy, and we were just talking about Einstein’s greatest…

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein Back when Einstein first proposed his theory of General Relativity, his revolutionary picture of the Universe was met with a mix of curiosity, awe, and intense skepticism. It isn’t every day that your most cherished of all physical theories — the…

The Far Future of our Solar System

“No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.” -Alan Watts “They do not see what lies ahead, when Sun has faded and Moon is dead.” -J.R.R. Tolkien One of the most amazing facts about the Universe is that, despite only having spent a few hundred years…

Putting Einstein to the Test

“The views of space and time which I wish to lay before you have sprung from the soil of experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. They are radical. Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will…

The Cosmic Speed Limit

“All our sweetest hours fly the fastest.” -Virgil If you’ve been around the block once or twice, you know that the speed of light in a vacuum — 299,792,458 meters-per-second — is the absolute maximum speed that any form of energy in the Universe can travel at. In shorthand, this speed is known as c to…