When Albert Einstein Met H.G. Wells

Image credit: Getty Images; Albert Einstein (L), H.G. Wells (R) and German Minister Becker
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons user Falcorian.
Image credit: Spacetime Society, via http://www.spacetimesociety.org/minkowski.html.
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons user Maschen, with different observers marking different times and different spatial locations. Yet the spacetime interval remains invariant (see below).
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons user SEWilco.
Image credit: Maurice Quentin de La Tour.

“We must … conceive that there is a new three-dimensional space for each successive instant of time; and, by picturing to ourselves the aggregate formed by the successive positions in time-space of a given solid during a given time, we shall get the idea of a four-dimensional solid, which we may call a sur-solid… Let any man picture to himself the aggregate of his own bodily forms from birth to the present time, and he will have a clear idea of a sur-solid in time-space.”

Image credit: Fair Use image obtained by Wikimedia Commons user DASHBot.
Image credit: author unknown; of H.G. Wells, circa 1918.

“Here is a portrait of a man at eight years old, another at fifteen, another at twenty-three, and so on. All are evidently sections, as it were, Three-Dimensional representations of his Four-Dimensional being, which is a fixed and unalterable thing.”

Images credit: New York Times (R) / Illustrated London News (L), 1919.
Image credit: ©Ullstein Bild / VOSTOCK Photo. Einstein (at left) is seated next to Minister Becker, H.G. Wells and Löbe, at far right.
Image credit: Album cover for “Remember your humanity, and forget the rest”: The Russell-Einstein Manifesto and the Pugwash Movement, via http://pw20c.mcmaster.ca/nuclear-disarmament.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store