Q: What is the best way to understand relativity theory? Why is it so counter intuitive?

Q: What is the best way to understand relativity theory? Why is it so counter intuitive?

2) Work through and understand the “train struck by lightning” and “barn running pole vaulter” thought experiments, to better understand the relationship between space and time. It’s fairly easy (pre-calculus easy) to show that . Notice from the graph below that relativistic effects are barely noticeable until around ( is the speed of light). When physical laws work actively on scales we’re used to, they tend to become intuitive. The laws of the very big, small, old, hot, cold, fast, … are the same laws, we just experience a special case.

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