The After Dinner Scholar

Time, Space, and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity with Dr. Michael Bolin

December 15, 2020

“I sometimes ask myself,” said Albert Einstein, “how it came about that I was the one to develop the theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never stops to think about the problem of space and time. These are things which he has thought of as a child. But my intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had already grown up.”

About five weeks ago, Dr. Henry Zepeda was a guest on this podcast talking about Euclidian geometry:  points, lines, planes, angles, and solids. Euclid described the world as we see it today, the way we typically consider the true way of seeing it.

In 1905, however, a young man named Albert Einstein proposed something different. Euclid, he said, hadn’t taken into consideration motion and time. Once you do that, he reasoned, geometry needs to be taken as a branch of physics. 

Dr. Michael Bolin who teaches Einstein’s Special and General Theories of Relativity to Wyoming Catholic College seniors talks more about that.

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