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Making Space

September 4th, 2012

Margaret Wertheim: where art meets physics:

Space is a subject that has obsessed me all my life. As a child growing up in Brisbane I used to wonder what it meant to say that we existed in space. How could a body logically be in an empty void? These questions led me to dream that when I grew up I would study physics. I didn't really know what "physics" was, but I had read about relativity in a children's encyclopedia my mother had given us kids and I knew that Einstein had invented a theory about space and time. I wanted to know what it was.
At university I majored in physics, and the beauty and power of relativity astounded me. Many physicists feel that the general theory of relativity is an aesthetic achievement on a par with great works of art. But how did Einstein come to see the world this way?

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