Can Einstein make you afraid of heights?
Can Einstein make you afraid of heights? The answer is yes. Maybe. Well actually it’s ageing that may make you suddenly develop a fear of heights and with good reason. Marcus Chown explains it much better than I can in this video clip:
So yeah, anyway, as I was saying; Einstein (channeled through Marcus) can explain fear of heights ‘in women of a certain age’ (me).
Don’t tell me you didn’t find that video interesting! I don’t believe yoooouuuu….
Marcus also says that we are great big greedy space hogs spreading ourselves out over the planet when we could actually all fit into a space the size of a sugar cube. No really. Watch this video if you don’t believe me.
As fascinating as Marcus’s insights are you may be wondering why I am suddenly sharing them with you. The reason is because Marcus has written a new book called We Need to Talk About Kelvin (ha, ha, geddit? Of course you do, I’m just excited because I actually ‘got’ the joke for a change.), and I’ve got a copy to give away (you lucky, lucky people).
If you would like to read an excerpt from We Need to Talk About Kelvin click here. All you have to do to win a copy of the book is to be the first person to get the most of the following questions correct (yes, you can cheat by watching his videos on YouTube).
1) If all the empty space were squeezed out of matter, the human race could fit in:
a) Wembley Stadium?
b) The area of the Isle of Wight?
c) The volume of a sugar cube?
2) The faster you travel:
a) The taller you get
b) The slimmer you get
c) The lighter you get
3) Einstein’s mathematics professor called him a:
a) lazy possum
b) lazy dingo
c) lazy dog
4) Today’s sunlight was made:
a) 30,000 years ago
b) 300 minutes ago
c) 3 seconds ago
5) The scientists who won the Nobel prize for detecting the faint “afterglow” of the big bang thought they had found:
a) the glow of pigeon droppings
b) the glow of street lights
c) the glow of glow worms
I’ll post the answers and winner on Tuesday evening. Good luck!
If you want more of Marcus challenging theories then you can watch him mess about with the theory of gravity on BBC4’s “It’s only a theory” (with Andy Hamilton and Reg D.Hunter) on Tuesday 24th November at 10pm. Here is a sneak preview for you:
Marcus is published by Faber & Faber. He has two websites, one for his adult books and one for his young readers. He also has an extensive presence on YouTube. If you aren’t lucky enough to win a copy then you can buy your own here, or here.
If you have any questions for Marcus (keep them clean please, I don’t want to have to wash my brain out with soap again), leave them in the comment box and he’ll answer them for you.
Marcus’s next stop on his blog tour will be at Sue Guiney’s blog on the 6th December.