Einstein’s Gravity Well

12 things to know about Einstein's theories of relativity

Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration.

This month is the the 100 anniversary (roughly) of publishing of the likely most famous equation- E=mc2.
Einstein came up with this unconventional (and super cool) idea in 1905, but lagged along and continued his thinking sessions until 1915, when it was published.
A quick simple way to explain the gist of it is to imagine a trampoline, which is all of space and time, and anything with mass (like you) bends it down. Let’s throw the solar system in our magical trampoline. The Sun presses it down super far, creating what is called a gravity well. If you’ve ever seen one of those coin drop things at the mall, where it goes round and round and round? That’s exactly how orbits work. Alright. Back to the space-time continuum. Okay. So gravity bends space. So, if space and time are interwoven, then if space is bent, so is time. In the presence of gravity, time slows (Black holes: here’s one weird trick to stop your aging). Gravity is so strong, that even light bows to it. This phenomenon is called gravitational lensing. E=mc2 also shows how energy and mass and pretty much interchangeable (think M=ec2).
Basically, if your little brother says he’s practically made of energy, he’s pretty much right.

It’s an amazing world of science out there…let’s go exploring!

Infographics by Karl Tate for Space.Com
Background Information
Ferdinand Schmutzer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


29 Comments Add yours

  1. Very cool information!
    Are you going to do a post on the anniversary of the discovery of Lucy today?

  2. Faraday's Candle says:

    The girls are doing a writeup later this week. Crazy busy!!
    Lucy said so much about us from her grave and she intends not to be forgotten!!
    Might not be surprised if it’s not done later today…lol.

  3. 💓Einstein! That info graphic is great.

  4. YellowCable says:

    100 years and his theory still holds!

  5. Faraday's Candle says:

    That is what makes it amazing. In todays world where everything changes constantly, his theory still stands!
    Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Faraday's Candle says:

    It is wonderful. Beautiful work over at space dot com.

  7. Jacqueline says:

    I like how you simplify these things.

  8. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so much Jacqueline!
    The girls keep it as simple as possible.
    Thank you so much for stopping by!

  9. Nancy says:

    You explained something very difficult in easy simple words! I understood it! Thank you my science friends!!

  10. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so much Nancy.
    Your photos on “Muir’s” enchanted forest are spectacular!

  11. Fim says:

    This was a very well presented post about a most important discovery! I loved the way the bits and pieces of the puzzle took us on the journey!
    Most excellent! It’s always such a pleasure to see what gifts we’ll get from coming here! Thank you!!!

  12. Linda Bethea says:

    I am watching a documentary about Einstein right now.

  13. Faraday's Candle says:

    Wow! Figure that.

  14. Faraday's Candle says:

    We found this infographic to be wonderful way to explain it. Let’s say we learned from it. Amazing how 100 years later it still stands.

  15. Badfish says:

    I like Faraday’s Candle. But you could have named your blog Einstein’s Gravity Well. I’m wondering if time moves faster as you get older (for everyone) because when I was young, and had a couple hours between school and dinner, it was like an eternity of time. Now, two hours…I can’t even respond to more than a couple commenters let alone play cowboys and indians.

  16. Kas says:

    My spouse informed me that I share a birthday with the theory of relativity, which totally made my day. I’m not sure if it’s true, but I shall pretend for a while. 🙂 I’m about to read the chapter on Einstein in Coming of Age in the Milky Way and I’m very excited about it.

    I love your explanation of the equation–and that graphic is pretty sweet. <3

  17. Faraday's Candle says:

    Well that is wonderful that you share a birthday with such a important scientific breakthrough!!
    A birthday is such a fun thing. Like the youngest sister always says, we all benefit from birthdays!!
    Thank you so much for stopping by!!

  18. Faraday's Candle says:

    What an awesome idea!! Time is moving at lightning speed (but on occasion time stands still…lol).
    Thank you so much for stopping by!!

  19. Let’s go exploring! This is a very informative post, made me think about one of my teachers in physics, and all his crazy experiments. Crazy in a good way, that caught all of us students attention. Great post!

  20. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you Maria!
    Crazy (in a good way) teachers are the best! Thank you for stopping by!

  21. Your welcome! Yes they are 🙂

  22. Love the info-graphic! There’s a recent viral video of a kid explaining theory of relativity (made simple) and he won himself some good money for it. Have you seen that? That was pretty cool!

  23. Faraday's Candle says:

    No we have not seen the video. Do you have a link. That would be awesome to see.

  24. I had to search a bit, and here’s the link: http://www.iflscience.com/physics/teenager
    Scroll down midway for the video. Blew my mind! 🙂

  25. Faraday's Candle says:

    It say page not found! I’ll try again and see if the girls can see it.

    Thank you so much for looking out for them.

  26. Faraday's Candle says:

    Wow! Can’t wait to show the girls!!
    Thank you so much!

  27. 😀 Most welcome! It’s an awesome video.

  28. Faraday's Candle says:

    What an amazing person he is.

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