January 1, 2004

Illusory sense of time

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at January 1, 2004 10:44 AM Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, attempts to explain relativity in a New York Times op-ed. It's hard for me to tell how transparent something like this is to the layperson, but it may be of interest. Tags:

I read it and thought it was relatively transparent. I don't know how transparent it would be to the layperson who hasn't at least tried to struggle with Hawking and Thorn and Greene's own book.

Posted by: Jeremiah Spur | January 2, 2004 11:04 AM

A layperson's opinion...

Well, I liked the slide show...

Seriously though I just can't wrap my mind around that stuff. If that makes me an ignoramus, so be it.

Human behavior, that's my gig. While you science guys go down the black holes and come back out again, I'll be counseling your families and friends. Takes all kinds, right?

Posted by: Tracy Manford | January 5, 2004 6:00 AM

Brian Greene

I've seen Brian Greene speak before. He's a really good speaker, but he does seem to have a preference for style over substance (even when talking to physicists).

Rumor has it that he left Cornell to go to Columbia to chase after a girl? (Of course, at least he didn't have a creepy German postdoc following him around, as one of my students did at a recently-concluded conference. She seems to be taking it in stride.)

On a completely different note, take a look at this: http://www.math.gatech.edu/~mason/research/foxtrotbcs.gif

Posted by: Mason Porter | January 5, 2004 3:00 PM
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