Reinhardt’s Theory of Relativity


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Most successful scientists have a theory named after them. So I set out to define Reinhardt’s Theory of Relativity, with the necessary apology to Albert. (Since we both will be extremely well-known scientists, some name-dropping is in order I suppose)

So without further ado, here is Reinhardt’s Theory of Relativity:

The length of a day is inversely proportional to your age.

My theory attacks the notion that time can be measured objectively; instead, it is an intellectual construct that has no reality in physics. My theory states that the only true time measure you understand is anchored in your birth. Therefore my theory of relativity is grounded in some simple, yet observable data collection – the hallmark of good science I understand.

For a one-year old a day is 1/365 of a lifetime unit, while for a ten-year old it is 1/3650 of a lifetime unit.  I don’t think it requires a mathematics wiz kid to realize that in terms of lifetime units our days are getting shorter and shorter, literally by the day. For me it as for today is 1/15358 of a lifetime unit. Time is flying indeed!

If you ever had the feeling that your days are getting shorter, you were correct! Reinhardt’s Theory of Relativity explains it.

Of course, good scientific work builds on the works of others – you know the “standing on the shoulders of giants” thing. So I must give credit to one of my ex-students, Rudi Victor, who on facebook (for the purposes of this post I will consider that a suitable publication source) posted:

“The holidays are like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to end the faster it goes.”

On which I commented:

“… and the more you worry that it will not be enough…”

Of course Rudi was only partially correct; it’s not just the holidays, it is life that is like a roll of toilet paper… This however, makes my comment much more profound and provides the practical implications for Reinhardt’s Theory of Relativity.

So what are the implications of this theory? It prompts me to think: If your days are getting shorter, why do you waste such a lot of time? Why don’t you make better use of your time?

Reinhardt’s Theory of Relativity therefore proposes a challenge to you: Spend your time wisely!

Today is the longest day you have left… How are you going to spend it?

Carpe diem!

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6 Responses to Reinhardt’s Theory of Relativity

  1. Laurie says:

    I agree completely that time goes faster as you get older for the exact reason you specify. For a one year old, a year is 100% of his life. For an 50 year old, 1 year is only a small percentage of his life.

  2. Gary says:

    would be intresting if you could put that into an Equation.

  3. Laurie says:

    1/50 = 2%

  4. Laurie says:

    Then, of course, there’s always the proof that the more you know the less you earn:

    We know that

    Power = Work / Time

    We also now that Time is Money thus

    Power = Work / Money

    With a bit of Algebra, that gives us

    Money = Work / Power

    We also know that Knowledge is Power thus

    Money = Work / Knowledge

    With a bit of calculus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity

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