### The Extra-Special Theory of Relativity

Einstein, that wonderful genius who was so smart that he was allowed to break the “i before e” rule twice in his own name (and several hairstyle laws), has been accredited with having an **Extra-Special Theory of Relativity**.

Einstein’s **Theory of Special Relativity**, is a clarification of Einstein’s original **Theory of Relativity**. The **Theory of Relativity** is the one that gives us the earth shattering:

**E=m c^2**

Where E is energy, m is mass, and c is the speed of light in a vacuum. This is the basis for all nuclear physics. And is the only way we know how much bang we’ll get from a nuclear bomb.

This theory also states that all motion is relative to the observer of a system. Namely, two different observers looking at the same system, can see different amounts of motion.

The Theory of Special Relativity, explains that the speed of light (the “c” in the really cool equation above and approx. 299,798,458m/s) is the absolute upper limit for motion of anything; that no matter what the system or location of the observer, nothing will ever appear to be moving faster than the speed of light. It also states that no matter what the system or location of the observer, light will always travel at the same speed (the afore to mentioned 299,798,458m/s).

Trust me. This is how it works. For a much more complete explanation, check out this site. (**Warning:** Math Alert!)

Anywho… what I was getting to, was Einstein’s **Extra-Special Theory of Relativity**. This one is attributed to Einstein’s later years. And runs something like this:

“The more famous you become, the more relatives you appear to have.” – Albert Einstein

This also has the caveat: “The more money you have, the more relatives you appear to have.”

Unfortunately for myself, at the moment I only have a lot of potential relatives…

Posted by GEBIV at February 6, 2005 12:45 PM