MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE

On making “Chewbacca Mom” Disappear

I take great solace in the fact that we could make “Chewbacca Mom” (hereafter CM) vanish—without being hurt in any way—if we could create the required Lorentz contraction utilizing Einstein’s gamma function:

L = L_r(1 - (\frac{v}{c})^2)^{1/2}

where L_r is CM’s length at rest. As her velocity approaches the speed of light (i.e., as v/c \to 1), CM (essentially) disappears before our very eyes! (And, yes, if the vehicle were large enough, we could fit the Kardashians inside, too. Don’t you just love science?)

Until technology catches mathematics and physics, though, I guess I’ll just have to keep filtering my news feed.

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