Illustration from the excellent book, Relativity for the Million, by Martin Gardner, and illustrated by Anthony Ravielli, Macmillan, New York, 1962.
In Relativity Theory, there are three effects that become evident at relativistic speeds:
This poem was first published in the January/February 1999 issue of Quantum Magazine, and then in the May 1999 issue of The New Zealand Science Monthly.
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When looking in the mirror one day, dismayed by what I'd seen,|
"Svelte" was not the word that leapt to mind;
I seemed distinctly--thicker--than I think I'd ever been,
As I scanned both sides, the front, and the behind.
As I stood, annoyed at just how far I'd let it go,
"Yes!" I cried, "that's it! The little man inside the rocket
I hurried to my bookshelf, quickly found the physics section,
In the early days of physics, back when "ether" was a fad,
I read in fascination how FitzGerald's new equation
His equation's easy: just divide velocity by c
Let's see, now: if I wanted to arrive at half my size,
You can bet I was excited, one hair's breadth from going out
Oh, why I read that paragraph, I'll never, ever know!
This means, of course, my normal, laid-back, easy-going style
And that was not the worst of it! That selfsame paragraph
Well, I came to the conclusion that a "diet" such as this
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