With apologies to the late James W. Best for appropriating his image (from his 1935 Forest Life in India)

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Newman's Theory of Relativity

An old school friend from the early 1970s put a frightening thought into my head yesterday. We have been reminiscing about some of our old teachers who were veterans of the Second World War, and who included a couple of Majors and a Colonel as I recall, and he pointed out that more time had passed since we knew them than between the end of the war and then. The point being that aging is a bit like the inverse square law in reverse, or something (it’s late, and my brain’s a bit befuddled). In other words, as you get older, the past gets closer. So we all end up looking back fondly on a time before we were even born! Well, I do, anyway…