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The Sciences

Baseball and Relativity

Cosmic VarianceBy cjohnsonAugust 9, 2005 5:39 AM

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So I was just shutting down the computer and turning back to my string theory computations when... you're not going to believe this.....on NPR's news and current affairs program All Things Considered, there was a piece by commentator Aaron Freeman about Baseball and Special Relativity! He does not just briefly mention it, but he goes into some depth about time dilation, Lorentz contraction, different inertial frames, etc..... and it's pretty good! You can listen to the segment at the link I gave above. Wow! I thought I'd dozed off and my dream that one day everyone will mix basic science into everyday conversation had come true! (Maybe I am asleep...how would I know?). Did the usual editors protecting the public from anything "complicated" have the day off? Inquiring minds need to know. If it turns out that I'm sleeping, then I must say that I like this dreamworld..... -cvj [P.S. Update: Ok, so at the beginning he's not distinguished very well between velocity and acceleration, but I consider that a minor colloquial issue in this context.]

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