Celebrations, conferences, and exhibitions have scattered themselves through that part of the space-time continuum that we call 2015.
Our friends Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince (An Infinite Monkey’s Cage BC R4) have set themselves the task of celebrating and explaining the Theory in two wee 30 minute programmes.
Joyously, even that science titan Mr Cox recounts that it takes about ’15 exposures’ to explanations to feel that you ‘get it’.
Amongst the little images used to bring things to life was this.
When you sit on a chair, do you feel the pulling force of gravity?
Well actually, no. It’s the chair pushing that you can feel, if you let yourself respond to sensation.
Einstein’s thinking tells us that an apple is not pulled to the ground by a gravitational force (a reluctant but firm adieu to Newton). Rather the ground, making its way through that curves of space and time, is accelerating towards the apple.
This describes beautifully, in my experience, workplace relationships.
The known direction of flow for frustration or negativity is almost never as has been assumed.
Sit down two ‘conflicted’ team members, start the professional process going, and voilà. The perceived direction of animosity and resentment will soon emerge as operating the other way. (As, of course, will support and regard)
A force pulling you down? No, simply the complex dance of different energies and objects making their way through 4-dimensional, dynamic, space & time.
With huge apologies to the Relativity Experts, if we could conclude that one strand of what Einstein showed us was that where we think there’s a force on us, a pull, there’s a complex and interesting bending and warping of everyone’s energy, then his genius expands into other fields: a really helpful relationship specialist.