Navigating Four Dimensions

Plane of a world map
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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. 🌏

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