Physics and Me

I took no formal physics classes in high school, so it feels intimidating to take on a book about the greatest physicist of the 20th century.  But the more I read, the more I realize that I was unwittingly toying with physics in my mind, even as a teenager.  In chemistry class, for example, as I was learning about atoms and electrons and their orbits, I wondered how scientists knew that such tiny particles existed and what they looked like, since they were too tiny to be seen.  Einstein provided the proofs of their existence.  Regarding relativity, I remember taking a train trip with the ballet company and conducting an experiment.  I wanted to know if I jumped on the train and could stay in the air long enough, if the train would move out from beneath me so that I would land behind where I jumped originally.  It seemed not, though I wasn’t certain that it wasn’t because I couldn’t stay  in the air long enough.

Einstein provides me with an answer.

About Nancy Pinard

Professionally-speaking, Nancy Pinard is an author-educator who spends her days writing, teaching, reading, and researching for her writing and teaching. She is the author of two published novels, Shadow Dancing and Butterfly Soup, and numerous short stories. She has taught the craft of fiction writing in many venues including Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton Life-Long Learning Institute, Antioch Writers' Workshop, Mad Anthony Writers' Workshop, and Molasses Pond Writers' Workshop. Personally, her faith is what sustains, inspires, and motivates her to continue to explore meaning through literature. "You are right in demanding that an artist approach his work consciously, but you are confusing two concepts: the solution of a problem and the correct formulation of a problem. Only the second is required of the artist." — Anton Chekov to Alexei Suvorin, October 27, 1888
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