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Time Dilation in Childrens Cartoon 
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Jun2112, 11:29 AM

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I was watching a cartoon with my niece.
Most of the time, cartoons have fairly simple things like 1+1=2 and so on. But this time I saw an equation that looks rather complex. I made a thread before about this, and tons of people replied. If I can tell by what's visible, it's an equation for time dilation. Coincidentally, the episode was about Time Travel. (The Protagonist in the photo, met herself in the beginning of the Episode, with a warning from her Future self getting cut off midsentence due to a finite amount of time she could spend in the past.) Even though it's not important, I thought it was interesting and it would give everyone something to mull over for a few minutes. Sorry for the poor angle, this was the best one available in the episode. 


#2
Jun2212, 11:33 PM

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Hmm, its nice to know that scientific knowledge is at least somewhat spread out amongst the general population.



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Jun2412, 07:34 AM

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You call a oneeyed purple unicorn the general population? 


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Jun2412, 12:17 PM

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Time Dilation in Childrens Cartoon
The point being that the inclusion of the Lorentz transformations implys that someone who probably has no professional scientific experience at all (the animator) knew something about relativity.



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Jun2412, 12:29 PM

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Yep. Those formulas look like time dilation formulas.
Nice that the formulas kids get to see actually mean something! I remember being inspired by cartoons and books. When things looked as if they might be possible, I wanted to know everything about them. 


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Jun2512, 07:11 AM

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I thought it was funny because one of the animators at least has to know what he or she is doing to chunk out a huge piece of Quantum Mechanics.
Even though I don't have a degree in physics, I'm fairly learned on the many of the various subjects, albeit the more popular ones. Regardless, I just thought it was funny to see this equation in a television show aimed at children who still drink from sippy cups. As for Imalooser's post.  She's normally cuter than this. In the show, she gets into various accidents trying to avoid the impending disaster she thinks is coming from the warning of her future self. >picture is related 


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Jun2512, 08:22 AM

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I'm just gonna leave this here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muVfidujxRg Also, one of the writers of the Simpsons and a creator of Futurama, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_X._Cohen , was a physicist. So you see lots of very relevant equations written in the background in the Simpsons. 


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Jun2512, 11:13 AM

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It's the only explanation that she's able to do the things that she can do. 


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Jun2612, 03:04 AM

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#10
Jun2612, 09:25 AM

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Also true, that may very well be the case. One of the animators giving a proverbial "shout out" to the adult males that watch the show. The odds of some of them being physicists is as high as any other profession given how many people watch the show. (For instance, myself.) 


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