on Mondays (and most mornings) i take a look at my Yahoo reader (an RSS reader like Google) and this morning i read soror Nishi’s friday post Obama Admits Earth is Round….
it’s a fun look at current news events and places them in their rightful context of pretty much being absurd and that we humans tend to be doofuses often. i certainly am a doofus on many occasions and i thought i’d offer a retort to her first paragraph from a highly-caffeinated science g33klette perspective
note: this post is intended to be light but may be a bit heavy for a monday morning =p
okay, prove to me Earth is a sphere (oblate spheroid is fine)
tell me in as many words as it takes that it is round
did you know it takes about 64 pages to mathematically prove that one plus one equals two? maybe we should have stuck with Roman numerals where there is no concept of zero . . .
Einstein’s work on space and time tell us that space is heavily warped by huges masses and that the universe itself is like a basketball with everything being on a plane (the material part of the basketball) and that the centre is empty – a void (this is what allows for wormhole theories)
so the universe itself is a plane that is formed into a hollow sphere by its own mass
the Earth may look like a sphere from space but is it?
Sol (our sun) warps space around it and we “know” that because we can measure how much it bends lights coming from behind it – so if it bends that light and makes things appear curved, maybe the world is flat?
a good scientist has an open mind to that; they may casually dismiss it, but they never entirely do
now onto your second paragraph – virtually all quantum physicists, and certainly many Nobel Laureates, are searching for God – it’s that open minded dealio =)
lol, my two cents =)
and something else Einstein said in 1931 to help us all maintain perspective
I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference!