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The Meaning of Relativity

by Albert Einstein

Introduction by Brian Greene

Brian Greene is my favourite physics author. We speak the same language (English), at least in some of his books.

So when I saw The Meaning of Relativity on Amazon I had to have it. Besides, am I really going to read a book by Albert Einstein? – Me, Albert Einstein!

Oh, ho hum, let’s see what I’ll pick up today … what’s this?  Ahh, Albert Einstein. So it came to pass that I began reading The Meaning of Relativity.

It has been a while since I read Brian Greene. His love of physics is contagious. His simple explanations bring concepts into focus for simple me. It was pure joy to read his Introduction.

Then the Introduction ended and the main event began:  The Meaning of Relativity.

page 1:

“The theory of relativity is closely connected with the theory of space and time. I shall therefore begin with a brief investigation of the origin of our ideas of space and time, although in doing so  I know that I introduce a controversial subject. …”*

As much as I cherished the lessons from Brian Greene, here now was Albert Einstein, talking to me like I understood every word. And I did!

Bliss.

Communication is so important. Despite the wide chasm in our I.Q.s, we were doing just fine since we met 3 minutes ago. I eased myself deeper into the Macy’s Martha Stewart medium and extra firm pillows, took some deep relaxing breaths, and rejoiced in my good luck to finally be introduced to him, Albert Einstein, after all these years. Why had I resisted for so long?

page 3:

“…By means of simple changes in position we can bring two bodies into contact…”*

He is a sweet talker. I don’t mind.

But then, as all relationships do I suppose, a perturbation arose when I turned to page 4;  a lack of understanding if you will, a gap. What was that? – An equation.

I read the passage once more, and again.  Yes, phew, got through that hurdle.  And we are back on track.

“Does anyone ever call you Al?”

Onward, to page 5.

Here again was a challenge. Another equation. But it was small, simple letters.

Ok, got it. Where there is a will there is a way Al.  Now that I’ve found you I’m going to persevere.

And so Al continued his discourse. Simpatico. Wow! Who knew? Me and Al.

Until page 6, where a total communication break down occurred.

Sadly, it was obvious our relationship was over.

With a heavy heart I turned off the light. I will always remember the hope. And now, to dream.

 

*The Meaning of Relativity by Albert Einstein with an Introduction by Brian Greene
Princeton University Press, New Princeton Science Library Edition, 2014

August

August, the climax of the year. Trees are lush and heavy. The fruit is ripe. A carefree laziness fills the hours. For a precious few weeks we forget what day it is. Every day is exquisitely the same. Nothing to do but complain about the heat.

But soon enough, that satisfying contentment is shattered by one dreaded sentence; someone you like quite well may utter it, or perhaps a stranger wandering close enough to be heard: “You can feel that nip in the air.”

There it is, in its naked starkness like a sumptuous August tree in January. We all know it but are too prudent to speak the obvious: the heat wave has ended.

Yes, August is passing us by and we are heading into fall. And then the second nail in summer’s coffin:  One leaf floats down, drifting from side to side, landing right there.

Today is hot, August still full of promise. I enjoy the luxury of my favourite month in delicious solitude, only every so often allowing in close family and trusted friends.

They know full well there is to be no unmentionable utterances as we bask in the blissful afternoon sun.

Vancouver City Hall

Not one drinking establishment an easy walk from City Hall. There used to be a lounge across the street. And a pub kitty corner in the City Square Mall.

Are those people running things actually sober?

There is a marijuana store.

Love this rainy day view.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

 

straighten your tie

Some of the ladies like the casual look – jeans and a T. But for me, there is nothing more appealing than a man in a suit; one of life’s little pleasures. And of course, you can’t beat a tux. A man who can wear a tux like he’s in pyjamas is just about irresistible. Maybe it’s the underlying allure of pyjamas.

That’s the thing about a suit – all done up. It’s probably why I’m partial to news anchors, sitting behind that desk, reading news to me – about as impersonal as it gets, in a suit – a kind of armour, a barrier, no opening.

Who said ladies don’t like a challenge?

I would like her job –

Matt Bomer

There is something about a man straightening his tie that gets to the heart of me.

One of my fellow bloggers grabbed my attention immediately when he liked my site with this view:

from Jesse Kerema’s blog “A Journey to Success”

Sadly, Roger Moore is gone. I liked him as James Bond but he wasn’t one of my favourites. Ultimately it’s how they wear the tux. The original – Sean Connery:

Not bad –

Honourable mention to Daniel Craig.

Daniel Craig as James Bond

My favourite 007 is Pierce Brosnan.  And now we get to the crux of it, anticipation of the unwrapping.

It’s going to rain.

“It’s going to rain,” she said. “I was going for a walk but I’m turning back.”

“It’s not going to rain,” repeating, “it’s not going to rain. The weather forecast says it’s going to be hot on the weekend.”

“Hot?” She was looking up. “No, it looks dark. It’s going to rain.”

“It’s not going to rain. It’s dark because the sun is setting. There is no rain in the forecast for 4 days.”

“Really? No rain? But it’s cold…It’s going to rain.”

“It’s cold because you are in the shade. It’s going to be dry.”

She was incredulous. “Dry?”

“Yes.”

“No rain?”

“That’s right. No rain.”

She needed to believe it and continued on her walk.

bedtime reading

My asthma’s been acting up lately.

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Hi Mum,
I thought you might like to see the roses I picked today. 🙂
LOVE YOU!!!