Thursday, December 25, 2008

Relativity? Totally confused!

I should say "Albert Einstein was really a Genius"

Actually, I planned to put up something with a title Time is relative, related with some of my thoughts, and not science :) But, you know, I just had a Google search on this topic, just for a horror. And came to know that a great discussion on 'Relative time Vs. Absolute time' is going on all over the globe.

Had a glance over many sites and tutorials..and now I'm having effusive confusions! Is time relative? Or absolute? Hmm... Actually, what is Einsteins theorem of relativity?

If you are interested in this topic, have a look on these 2 sites.. Interesting and simple - Part 1, Part 2

Danger coming along in red letters...go further IFF you are interested. Having a copy-paste here.

"The line of reasoning that ends with "time is relative", starts with the postulate that the speed of light is the same for all observers. This postulate was itself based on the failure of certain experiments that were supposed to measure differences in the speed of light between observers.

This behavior of light is different from that of a baseball thrown by someone on a moving train. The speed of the ball depends upon the situation of the observer. Someone on the train would give one speed for the ball, while someone on the ground watching the train go by would give a different speed.

Speed is the ratio of space to time. If space and time are absolute, then the speed of light must be relative, depending upon the speed of the observer. The speed of light is absolute and does not depend upon the speed of the observer, therefore, either space or time must be relative. A more detailed algebraic calculation will show that both must be relative."


One more interesting information - Relativity of simultaneity

Ok... Let's come back to *my* version of Relativity of time. Dont mix this with Science, no relation at all. Anyway, not planning to drag the post. Shall try to put in writing only the nut-shell.

Chettan used to tell us, almost in all contexts, that everything is relative. Hmmm...so true! Happiness is relative, sadness too. Right-and-wrong also depends. Ya, anything and everything is relative, changes from person to person.

And time too.. It depends on the situations and our state of mind a lot. Right? If we are in need of time, time just flies off. And the same is the case when we are in a joyful mood.

And if we are in an emotionally-stressed condition, situation is just opposite. Hours and days are felt as never-ending. And if we are waiting for something, situation is worst. Days crawl like a snail. Then it is felt that, someone is pulling back time.. Each second seems to have a *life-time* life.

I know, you all know these facts. I just wanted to let you all know that I too approve this. And so, lets conclude ralativity holds, rather I conclude Time is relative, in both versions(Einsteinian and mine)

Hope you all had a fantabulous Christmas.
Wishing you all a very happy new year...

Signing off,
Hailstone.

PS 1: Moral of the story - Albert Einstein was a smart fellow.


9 comments:

RoHiT said...

Wow.... Really Amazing yaar... all that was missing in the Einstein's theory of relativity was your approval..!

Oh hailstone, do tell us something about why apple falls downwards..

ha ha ha ha
[ hey juz kidding :)) :)) !!!]

Bristow said...

"And if we are waiting for something, situation is worst"...

it seems you are eagerly waiting for something...????:)

And also Sandeepetten is a genius...

Devidas said...

analysis of this post...
1. priya trying to make a point here "I studied physics" :)
2. I didn't read the copy-paste part...
3. if we are in need of time, time just flies off. And the same is the case when we are in a joyful mood.

And if we are in an emotionally-stressed condition, situation is just opposite. Hours and days are felt as never-ending. And if we are waiting for something, situation is worst. Days crawl like a snail. Then it is felt that, someone is pulling back time.. Each second seems to have a *life-time* life.
""" nicely put.,
moral of the story: einstein is smart; ya we do know he was... why would there be texts otherwise bragging on his paperss...

Hailstone said...

@ Rohit,

Shall have a detailed discussion on that topic in our class tomorrow...

@ Bristow,

:))

@ Devidas,

Thankyou!
Oh..you are waiting for something to happen?

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

Long time* has passed since the last time I was here in blogland.

1. That was indeed a deep topic. I am glad that you did take the pain to research. Hats off!

2. True.., Many things are relative. (But there are absolutes as well. We'll talk when we chat next time ;) )

3. Why to number "PS" if there is only one?

- Chettan.

PS: THIS LINK would be good place to understand relativity.

PPS: Thanks Bristow! ;)

logan... said...

phew......

Hailstone said...

@ Chettan and logan,

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

The post reminds me of the first lesson of relativity i had - "relativity is the difference in speed of time in either side of a toilet door" :P

And yup.. Einstein was a smart fellow..

Vivek.

Tressy said...

enjoyed reading this post very much!:)
keep going...
cheers,
tressy