How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog

How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog

by Chad Orzel


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How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog by Chad Orzel

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But what about relativity?

Physics professor Chad Orzel and his inquisitive canine companion, Emmy, tackle the concepts of general relativity in this irresistible introduction to Einstein's physics. Through armchair-and sometimes passenger-seat-conversations with Emmy about the relative speeds of dog and cat motion or the logistics of squirrel-chasing, Orzel translates complex Einsteinian ideas-the slowing of time for a moving observer, the shrinking of moving objects, the effects of gravity on light and time, black holes, the Big Bang, and of course, E=mc2-into examples simple enough for a dog to understand.

A lively romp through one of the great theories of modern physics, How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about space, time, and anything else you might have slept through in high school physics class.

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ISBN-13: 9780465023318
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 774,532
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Chad Orzel received his BA in physics from Williams College, his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Maryland, and his postdoctorate from Yale University. He maintains a regular blog, Uncertain Principles, and is author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog. He is currently a professor at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He lives near campus with his wife, their daughter, and, of course, Emmy.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the title of the book very much. Dogs are obviously much better subjects to teach relativity and quantum physics. Considering their loyalty towards their masters, we can expect that dogs faithfully ‘follow’ whatever their masters ‘teach’ them and so better ‘understand’ the above fictitious theories. Probably the other species to which relativity and quantum theories can be taught is sheep because sheep are known to blindly follow. That is the case with any fictitious or unreal theory; take for example the marvellous costume of the nude Emperor. Unless one follows blindly what the magical weavers teach and ignore one’s own wisdom, one can’t appreciate the marvellous costume of the nude Emperor. Good work Chad Orlez! drgsrinivas