The Theory of relativity is NOT one of the worlds greatest problems, I know, but it is one that ADDMAN asked me solve for him and the kind of guy who doesn't want anyone to be bottom of the class and look stupid if it ever came up in a pub quiz.
So with that in mind lets sort science out once and for all.
Einstein, That guy who was famous for sticking his tongue out in photos, was not just a crazy clown, but he also helped to invent the nuclear bomb with his equations.
He also made some statements about how space works which was an answer to a question nobody had ever thought of and that makes him wither really clever or a time waster.
One day, whilst letting his tongue hang out of his mouth for no reason, Albert decided to come up with a theory as to why he was always lumbered with sitting next to sweaty weirdo's on the train.
Every night he would leave the lab and head off home on the last train and although the carriage was empty, the first stop always allowed enough time for Jeff the local drunk to get on and start talking to anyone who would listen about how he "Should sober up but refuses because getting shakes reminds him of how unfair his life has been".
Albert knew there had to be a reason for this unfortunate state of affairs and got his note pad out one day and began to write.
After a few nights of scribbles, Albert decided to give up trying to solve the worlds problems and came up with something that appears to be very scientific and clever but ultimately makes no sense.
Here's what he said.
Space is like some kind of rubber sheet with a bowling ball in the middle. Everything is stretched and not a straight line. So if you roll a penny down the sheet, it will pass the bowling ball and fly off in another direction.... therefore you can't travel faster than the speed of light."
He showed it to all the other scientists at the works bash (it was dress down Friday and Dorothy's birthday) and everybody said "Well done Albert. You are the bestest".
He was wrong though.
Part of his theory was that space and time are the same thing. This is rubbish.
Space is the distance between your house and the pizza shop. Time is how long it takes to get delivered (plus or minus a free garlic bread).
Special relativity states thus:
- The laws of physics are the same for all observers in uniform motion relative to one another (principle of relativity).
- The speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all observers, regardless of their relative motion or of the motion of the light source."
This is nonsense,
The laws of physics can not be the same for all observers. Things in the distance appear to move slower than things up close.
This called the Doppler effect. A sound changes pitch as it moves toward or away from you, but in the police car, the sound is constant.
This is also the same for viewing the car.
From a distance a moving vehicle seems to be moving slower until it gets closer. As it does, it appears to move faster until it reaches you and then WHOOSH! it is out of you eye line unless you move your head to follow its path.
The second point become mute when we introduce Rainbows into Einstein's universe.
Rainbows split the light into its various wavelengths. Particles of light at one end of the spectrum travel at differing lengths than those at the other end (this is how we see colours).
This MUST mean that the individual particles of light (Light has mass and therefore is a physical thing) are moving further at one end of the spectrum than other.
Because they all reach their destination at the same time we must conclude that some light (colours) travel faster than others.
Therefore, at the very least, Light travels faster than light in some circumstances.
BOOM! SCIENCE Y'ALL!
But nobody ever thought to sit down and work this out.
The thing is, space is nothing like a rubber sheet.
For a start Rubber sheets are flat and space goes off in all directions.
Plus things... almost ALL THINGS are not bowling balls (with the exception of bowling balls) and the rest is just gibberish.
We have already shown on this blog how it is possible to travel faster than the speed of light and that's just a solid gold fact.
But Einstein is everywhere and everyone things HE is awesome. Just because he had scruffy hair and stuck his tongue out a lot..... a bit like those oddballs who end up sitting next to me on the train.
The guy he hated seeing on the train was probably just his reflection.
I hope that makes a bit of sense to you all.
If you have a burning question you would like answered. Feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to figure something out.