In curved spaces, geometry can play tricks on you. And tricky geometry lies at the heart of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. I wrote a feature for Lateral Magazine mapping out a geometric way of teaching relativity.
At the heart of the article lies the observation that the geometry of a world map is remarkably similar to the geometry of spacetime. I have interviewed Rolf Steier, a learning scientist at the University of Oslo, about how to foster understanding for abstract concepts of four-dimensional spacetime.
I think it is pretty exciting to see how science educators are using maps as models for teaching general relativity. 🌏