I know I tend to geek out at times, but fortunately we live in a society that no longer frowns upon this. I remember being a geek, “…when geeking wasn’t cool.”
The truth is, science fascinates me. When we’re children, everything just happens, and we accept that. As I grew older, I needed to understand why. Not the canned explanation of, “an apple falls because of gravity, and we have gravity because the Earth is so big it attracts smaller objects to itself.”
Einstein was far smarter than I could ever hope to be, and figured out many of the why’s. This article provides interesting examples (why’s) from his amazing theory of relativity.
I should point out that as a writer of science fiction, it’s important for me to understand true science to build my stories upon. I may bend or exaggerate some things to make it work, and in cases of introducing technology that doesn’t exist to humans today, ignore the why’s completely. However, the stronger the linkage to believable theory (if not outright fact), the closer the reader will accept and embrace the setting and be free to lose themselves in the story.
Sometimes, just reading articles like these inspires ideas for new stories, if only I had the time….
Comment and let me know what you think of the article, and which of the 8 “why’s” you found most fascinating and…er….why.