Riding a Wave of Light
Einstein was a creative and restless thinker. He knew that light radiates in waves away from its source, and that, according to Newtonian physics, one should be able to "catch up" to a wave of light. Although we now know that this scenario is impossible, at the time, this idea filled Einstein with both awe and disquiet. Write a creative story about the experience of catching up with a wave of light and riding next to it, or on it. What does light look like as it rips through space at 670 million miles per hour? Could you reach into the wave and extract a glowing handful of the stuff? Although scientifically moot, Einstein's thinking on the subject led him to the theory of special relativity. Think as he did, throwing out all preconceptions, and write about what might be possible.
Time-Space Is Concrete
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