Relativistic Baseball

A common exercise for physics students learning Einstein’s special theory of relativity (SR or STR) is to calculate how the characteristics of a familiar object would change if the object could be accelerated to some interesting fraction of the speed of light. Take a look at this article¬†for some informal speculation on the broader implications of a baseball travelling at 90% the speed of light.

This is as close as I ever get to thinking about sports. In a subsequent post I hope to add a quantitative component to the qualitative analysis presented in the article.

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