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Art and Science: Einstein's Universe via Art


Abraham Tamir*

The essence of Einstein’s world lies in the concept of relativity. He described it once in the followingway: "When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours; that's relativity he said." Einstein also boldly stated that there are no absolute quantities, that the magnitude of quantities depends on the relative velocity between an object and the observer, and that every event and measurement is viewed differently depending on the observer's velocity. However, the only measurement that remains constant is the speed of light C in vacuum. The astounding results of his Theory of Special Relativity indicated the following. If an object neared the speed of light, then: 1) it would appear shorter, or thickness becomes smaller, while appearing of zero length or thickness, at the speed of light; 2) the passage of time for the object would appear to be slower than what we would see; time becomes infinite slow if the object moves at the speed of light with respect to an observer; 3) as the object gets nearer and nearer to the speed of light it begins to gain energy and, therefore, mass. If it ever got to the light speed it would have an infinite mass (and energy). All these statements are demonstrated through art by the following paintings.

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