Saturday, February 21, 2009

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

I am currently reading, then rereading, then thinking while drinking, and then once again reading this great book that a brilliant Einstein-like kid loaned me…In it there is a description of the 16 year-old Einstein pondering what it would be like to ride atop a light beam. In this context, the author (Walter Isaacson) mentions what many of you probably already know, as we all learned it back in school, but even so, every time I read it and contemplate it, I am completely taken aback to the point that I am left desperately reaching for another Bell’s Kalamazoo stout, a sturdy hand-rail, and wind gear!!! Below is the basic notion that has the author in such a pickle!!! (Note: the title of this great work is listed above):
“A person ‘at rest’ (aka couch potato) in an armchair watching golf on TV is actually spinning with the earth’s rotation at 1040 miles per hour and also orbiting with the earth around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour…”

1 comment:

  1. Kalamazoo Stouts make one see things a lot clearer.
    I am bringing some to TI to celebrate such a great gathering of the top cyclists.