Chapter 7: Moment of Illumination

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter 5

Moment of Illumination 28th Jul 1901

A month has passed with no verbal exchange with Albert. I am still stuck in 1901. All my initial curiosity about this new world I had been literally dragged into has ebbed away. Loneliness rained on me. Opening my wallet, I could no longer fight back my tears as I gazed longingly at my family photo. Normal scenes from my everyday life, things I would never notice, my mother’s warm smile, my messy room, everything seems so distant.

‘Mark, I have been contemplating about light as an independent beam. This is a brilliant concept! My persistence with ether has ended. This philosophy has inspired me to devote my time and effort to study the nature of light!’ Albert’s voice jolted me back to harsh reality.

‘Oh… Looks like a great start for you.’ I responded, swiping at my tears.

‘Are you alright? You look rather upset.’

‘I am fine. Shall we discuss about light?’

‘You seem to possess intense wisdom with regards to the nature of light. Can you enlighten me on how light can have a constant speed? Judging from Maxwell-Lorentz equations, there seems to be at least one inertial frame where light possess a constant speed independent of the velocity of its source. Since this applies to one inertial frame, there must be some truth in light having a constant speed in all inertial frames. But this is outrageous! If the light source is moving towards you, how can the speed of light not be faster?’ Albert frowned.

‘Well, seems like you are applying Newtonian Physics to this situation. The sheer speed of light is too high to be computed or analyzed base on Newtonian Physics. Given such magnitude, Phil’s Theory should be employed instead. Phil postulates that regardless of the velocity of a light source, light emitted always moves at a constant speed c. In other words, given a light source with velocity v, the addition of v and c still equals c. This may sound absurd but it has been proven at high velocities close to the speed of light. Nothing can move faster than the speed of light.’

‘This is too radical for me to embrace. It’s late, I better get to work. I’ll give it some thought.’

‘No problem, I totally understand what you’re going through. I had the same problem during the first lecture by Prof James. It took me 2 weeks to sort everything out.’

* * *

A year has passed. My friendship with Albert has blossomed. His dedication in deciphering Phil Theory was astounding. Day and night, he was absorbed in deep thoughts. I was moved by his pure passion, a strong desire to pursue the truth behind all the disagreements. Driven by this fervor, I assisted him throughout the whole period. Alas, my limited knowledge only allowed for destination but not the journey. I could not supplement Albert with explanations but mere facts. Fortunately, Albert possessed exceptional reasoning abilities which guided him immensely in comprehending these facts.

But one dilemma persisted.

‘The entire idea of abandoning Newtonian law of addition of velocities is unjustified. How can Newtonian physics fail at higher speeds?’ Albert exclaimed, reaching the pinnacle of anguish.

‘I really have no idea… Oh wait, I think it has got to do with time…’

‘Time… speaking of time, I better get to work.’ Albert left with deep thoughts running through his mind, as usual.

When Albert returned from work, his excited voice thundered through the house. ‘Mark! I did it! The moment of crucial insight finally dawned on me!’

‘What happened? What insight are you talking about?’

‘My colleague Michele had a long discussion with me over the issue of Newtonian laws. He suggested reviewing the underlying assumptions of the laws. That struck me to examine what Newton actually base his law of addition of velocities on. I was ruminating about this question and the concept of time hit me. What defines time exactly? How is time measured? The nature of time as assumed in velocity additions entails a measurement between two locations in an inertial frame! Philosophers have always presumed that time is an independent variable!’

‘Yes! Yes! Prof James mentioned about some space and time relationship before!’ With hands trembling with enthusiasm, I fumbled for my helpsheet. ‘Look at this diagram!’


‘This is incredible!’ Albert cried. ‘Michele and I have been speculating that time has an intrinsic relationship with space.’ Fumbling through his pile of notes, he showed me the Lorentz transformation.


‘This may be real! Speed of light can be the same in all inertial frames because moving clocks run differently from stationary clocks! Time essentially may not be absolute! I seem to have read this in one of my philosophical books before.’ With this, Albert went rummaging through drawers, searching frantically for the trace of hope – the possible light to his path in the world of relativity, mechanics and electrodynamics.

‘Here it is! A Treatise of Human Nature by Hume. Hume states that “time is nothing but the manner, in which some real object exists”. He was trying to imply that time exists as a description of space. All physical processes consist of both temporal and spatial properties! Time and space are not separate entities but intimately interconnected!’

‘You are a genius! Not wearing socks really helps, doesn’t it?’ I said jokingly.

‘Maybe you are right after all.’

Submitted: February 18, 2009

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yuu shindemura

OMG how did you make such a diagram and did you write this with notes in front of you? because if you write this with juz the mind, man that's gonna kill me thinking how you did all of it. ^.^

but i think you did this for your class, right?

anywayz haha einstein got all of his theories from the character from the future; in which that character learned on her studies from the past works.

--> future that has lead to develop the past, and the past that teaches/develops for the future in which been taught by the future--


hehe it does amaze me by that kind of concept! it's like an endless loop!XD great story you've got here. ;)

oh--*wipes the blood from the nose* haha lol

Wed, March 11th, 2009 10:01am


Haha... All the theories are written with reference notes. I'm happy that u're still enjoying this sci fic. Thank you so much!

Wed, March 11th, 2009 4:59pm

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