"GOOD MORNING Dad, but isnt it much early for a wake-up call?" I answered the
morning call my father had placed, for me to check-out from my dreams.
morning and a messy weather with tears from the sky always brings out the
laziest part of me, and more on that, Id slept merely 2 hours ago after a
late night function at our college.
"Early?", Dad responded like Id asked for an iPhone. "So
you expect to wake up at 10."
its just 6 oclock and today is SUNDAY."
"So what? I
still woke up at 5 thinking what you are doing with your life. Have you ever
thought about this?"
wanted to say but didnt. This is the only thing I do anyway. Think.
"Guys like you always go on wasting time and
end up with nothing in hand. Useless. Dont you need to study the courses? The competition
for jobs is only getting vaster everyday and here, Mr. Lots-of-Honor is just
sleeping like hell. Sometimes I feel you dont have the potential for anything
in life", my father said being disgusted by me as always.
going to study now", I said as I dont have any other options.
the call with a last Hmmm, which I took as a Have-a-nice-day wish.
Sometimes monosyllable word means more than a full phrase. Even the first word
humans uttered was just a monosyllabic 'Duh. And for 'Hmm, ask the
meaning from any guy in a relationship, because girls have their own set of
monosyllables for their moods.
So with that
duh and hmm I stood rubbing my eyes. My father has already killed
my sleep. I took the matchbox and lit a cigarette, as they say, 'har fikra
ko dhuye mein udata chala ja'.
minute of silence thinking, I scowl with frustration at myself and kicked at
the bookshelf. 'Damn! - Do I really dont have the potential?
A book fell down. The Theory of Relativity â Albert
proved to be the Newtons apple for me at that moment.
instead of smoking the frustration out of our guts, we should our self fly with
The book has
been there from two weeks but I was not getting time to read it. Today
something complex got triggered and I started flipping the pages. I read the
preface signed by the one I adore like God, Albert Einstein himself. I went on
forgetting every frustration and every other wish for days.
has caught me like the pitchers plant and time arrow seemed to stop just for
me and the relativity. And here I am exploring the universe through the pages.
starts the real journey.
childhood to adolescence, we have seen things from the prospect of Sir Isaac
Newton. Force which is basically a push or pull exerted by a body is obtained
by the change in its momentum with respect to time on another body. Momentum is
mass in motion of the body. Energy is the ability of that force to displace
something or we can say the property of the object which can be converted into
other forms. Isnt it like the potential my father was talking about?
Sure. Everything in our social life also works
the same. The three laws of motion go in accordance with the motion of our
life. Everyone is just a mass and everyones got Inertia to do and stay in
their safe zones in whatever they are doing. This could be like my urge to sit
idle and think or like someones urge to do drugs or like doing the regular job
you do same as the donkey without a complain. These are their state of motion
and they will certainly tend to stay in the same until like Newton said, some
external force is applied against their will. This force could be the effort of
someone else trying to bring you on the better right path or sometimes might be
on the wrong one instead. Now it all depends on the strength of our opposite
acting force that which path we will choose.
quite interesting? Oh! Im already feeling like a box on the table. Our
nurturing years of life was all governed on these principles and we still
missed the relations. It is quite simply because sometimes for few people it
gets boring by the use of excessive equations and math. But what about
visualizing the things in brain, like creating your own cartoon with characters
coming out from a science or math book? For example, to consider a chemical
equation, get a little naughty and name some cartoon couple by the name of your
chemicals and mate them. Hence, you got the result.
math seems boring with equations, try to bring the geometry in it.
this society will name you in big words like schizophrenic, hypothesizer,
psychic or directly dyslexic.
worry. People have a mouth so they will use it in any situation. Everyone is
unique and everyone has their own world of dreams and imagination. And
remember-Knowledge is limited but imagination travels to infinity. Even
Einstein was a dyslexic in his school life. And no mediocre 9-5 working person
has done great. So, we just have to pack our guts, let our self free and jump
in imagination to fly with the smoke. And since, smoke always rises up anyhow
finding a low concentration region to fill, so will you.
The Special Theory of Relativity
is very much complicated and has certain laws which are above everything. The
foremost law of nature is-Change!
which is in a way now, could change to another way still seeming correctly to
the inhabitants. Earlier we were living in a world explained by Newton. But
then came the literary rockstar, Einstein and explained the whole (almost)
thing with some changes from the traditional way.
that every object has a uniform motion for a frame of reference, which means an
object is moving (or appears to) with a certain velocity just relative to the
Light is the
most superior thing made by the universe. It is the supreme and everything else
changes and tends for it. And we know that it always travels with a constant
speed of (c) 3.0x108 meters/second. This is also the first postulate
of the special theory of relativity.
this. If I am driving my car with a speed A and someone fired a bullet on me
from back that will appear to me coming with a speed B, but its real speed will
be (A+B). [Real means for everyone at rest]
Now if that
someone fired a laser (light ray) at me, it will surely appear to come at the
speed of light (c). And according to that relative motion, the real speed of
the laser would have been (A+c). But this just violates the supremacy of
lights speed being constant and is also not correct.
came Einstein, in rescue of the physics at that point and stated like a brat
that the pacing of time around that point has to slow down by a factor so
that the new real speed is also actually equal to c for everyone else. This
is generally called as the time dilation, which will later come as the time
travelling factor in this story further.
postulate of the theory is that every law of physics governing nature will be
same for everything.
legend, Einstein deducted an equation based on these theories and put in front
of the world the revolutionary idea of giving birth to the atom bomb.
from his postulates and earlier stated equations he derived the famous
mass-energy equivalence equation â
revolutionized the world by joining every matter with energy. Thus, leading to
the making of atom bomb and the demise which followed it.
equation just not stays at that. It reaches far beyond to humanity and gave a
numerous meanings to everything and everyone.
By the time
I completed understanding the theory up to here, Id got the ultimate answer to
the question my father has asked.
E represents the energy associated with
any matter, which we measure in Joules (J). Joule is an SI unit of measurement
for energy and is measured as
kilograms x meters squared per second squared [kg m2/s2].
All this essentially means is that a joule of energy is equal to the force used
to move a specific object 1 meter in the same direction as force in a second.
m represents the mass of that matter,
measured in kilograms (kg).
c represents the universal speed of
light, which is taken in vacuum as 3.0 x 108m/s in the SI
Now, I weigh
roughly 60 kg. Lets plug the values into the equation and see just what we
E=mc2 => E = (60kg)(3.00 x 108m/s)2 => 5.4 x 1018 J
like this: 5,400,000,000,000,000,000 Joules of energy.
This is an
incredibly large amount of energy. Lets convert this in something we can
thinking what could we take and something hit my thoughts.
explosives are commonly measured in kiloton and 1 kiloton of TNT has about 4.18
x 1012 J or 4,180,000,000,000 Joules of energy.
Now that I
got a specific conversion ratio, I did the boring part of calculation and found
I am equal
to about 1,291,866 kilotons of TNT.
This is the
massive power of Einsteins equation via the special theory of relativity.
being is roughly the equivalence of 1.3 MILLION kilotons of TNT worth of
bomb that destroyed Nagasaki in Japan during World War II was devastating. We
all know that, it leveled a city in seconds and brought the War in Pacific to a
close. That bomb was approximately of only 21 kilotons of explosives. So that
means that I, one human being, have 62,000 times more explosive energy in me
than a bomb that destroyed an entire city... and the same goes for every human
'It was some
way real and after thinking a lot it seems logical too because we humans are
the deadliest weapon our self. Humans can be like the bomb with a brain. I
With so much
pressure on my brain that day I felt drowsy at only 11 oclock of night, which
was a very big achievement for an insomniac like me.
had a happy point to end that day.
time, when my father is going to ask that, have I got real potential, I would
just snap this on him and say,
"You have no idea."