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bobbymitch
07-03-2011, 11:43 AM
So the DIL and six year old grandson were having a debate on objects moving faster than the speed of light. The DIL stated the position that matter can't exceed the speed while the grandson's position was at the very instant of the big bang, matter had to exceed the speed of light. :hmmm:

Soooo, can any one suggest a decent book on the theory of relativity, etc. for a 6 year old? Reading level is close to 8 to 9 years old.

Dave Lane
07-03-2011, 11:57 AM
So the DIL and six year old grandson were having a debate on objects moving faster than the speed of light. The DIL stated the position that matter can't exceed the speed while the grandson's position was at the very instant of the big bang, matter had to exceed the speed of light. :hmmm:

Soooo, can any one suggest a decent book on the theory of relativity, etc. for a 6 year old? Reading level is close to 8 to 9 years old.

Not for a 6 year old, but there are decent books out there. And as to his position, IF Einsteins theory of relativity is correct nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. Its mass would increase dramatically as it approached the speed of light to a point that no amount of energy could accelerate it further.

This is the reason people look at worm holes as a possibility to travel distances that even 10x the speed of light wouldn't help. Google would probably be as good a choice as any for an increased understanding of all these subjects. There is no reason the big bang would have exploded faster than the speed of light, and there's no evidence to suggest it did. Even when you consider due to the massive heat of the big bang atoms and light as such didn't even exist at that point. Matter appeared later as the plasma cloud cooled so technically there wasn't even any matter to go faster than the speed of light.

milkman
07-03-2011, 12:33 PM
Credit to your 6 year old.

At 6, the only thing I was debating was that The Green Hornet and Kato were better than Batman and Robin.

Okie_Apparition
07-03-2011, 12:37 PM
Well, he was debating with a pickle

Rain Man
07-03-2011, 12:38 PM
Why does your six year old take this position? Can you show me his equations?

bowener
07-03-2011, 02:19 PM
NOVA has some great shows to watch that simplify and break a lot of this down. They also use simple to understand analogies and sometimes silly but effective CGI.

EDIT:

Here, I just skimmed thru this, but around the 5:30 mark they start to talk about the Theory of Relativity and light speed.

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