Einstein and Eddington
Einstein and Eddington. Am i writing about biography of those two great scientist? Actually, ‘Einstein and Eddington is a movie title from the BBC, (see here for the official site of the movie).
The story revolves around the two scientists and a solar eclipse, and the world in the middle of war (around World War I). Now that is intriguing. Why? Because during the tension between the two waring nations, and at the same war affect most of the scientist in the countries. Despite the danger of being labelled traitors, the two men began a unique correspondence. An eclipse in Africa provided an opportunity to prove Einstein’s theories to the world. Eddington, an unlikely hero, set out on a journey that would change people’s perceptions of the universe forever. Hey, did i see Smeagol Gollum? Well, i am not going to review the movie though, but it is a nice movie anyway.
But what i have thought are:
First, an eclipse, is a natural phenomenon, and in particular an astronomical phenomenon. We can see the phenomenon either as an inspiring or a scientific phenomenon, or both. Either way, we can enjoy that phenomenon in anyway we like. So whatever the situation, politic, social, or whatever it is, the phenomenon is the same to all, and belong to all.
The second, how those scientist can step aside the differences of the political situation, standing still on the scientific ground, and finally able to speak on the same language of understanding in the scientific language of our nature.
The third, the scientific understanding can overcome all of the differences, if not, there will be no language of nature for us all.
But the history sometimes can repeat itself, after 90 years, the eclipse will return. Eclipse will always the same, it is between the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. But in the same time, the tensions between countries also repeat. Why? Why should be war happen in our life? Well, i don’t have proper answer. For me, i just see something from the other side.
Next week there will be an eclipse, and some other eclipses also will occur, and one total solar eclipse should make a big hit in this year. And at the same time, this is a long year of astronomy, with the spirit ‘yours to discover’. If only this ‘yours’ is shared by all of us, maybe we can learn from Einstein and Eddington. Well, we don’t have to be great scientists to enjoy the phenomenon, but we have all the right to enjoy the awe inspiring phenomenon from the sky. And from the beneath of mounting tasks that i should do, not to forget the preparation for upcoming eclipse, i just spare my time to ponder, if only i could share the two minutes of the eclipse to the world, will that make a difference to the humanity? Nahh .. i don’t know, maybe i ponder too much because of too much coffee, i guess.