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Description:

Through Einstein's Eyes is the online version of a multimedia project designed to aid in visualizing how things look at relativistic speeds. The collection centerpiece is the "Relativistic Roller Coaster", a virtual world where light speed is only 5 meters per second. This framework allowed the developers to translate the effects of relativity into normal experience. Additional simulations explore color distortion, length contraction, relativistic aberration, Terrell rotation, angular compression, the Doppler Effect, and more. Users can stop/start the simulations to view related background information. The project is aimed at high school to college-level introductory physics students, and is periodically classroom-tested. In addition, the website offers tutorials on the fundamentals of special relativity, all written for learners with little or no prior experience with the topic. High-resolution DVD versions of the material are available from the website. The movies on this website were created by a method called "relativistic raytracing", implemented in Backlight software. See Related Materials for an article detailing the development of the graphics package and its computational basis.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

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English

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