12. Do You Have to Be (an) Einstein to Understand Sailing?

  1. Fritz Allhoff
  1. Sebastian Kuhn

Published Online: 11 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch12

Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

How to Cite

Kuhn, S. (2012) Do You Have to Be (an) Einstein to Understand Sailing?, in Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail (ed F. Allhoff), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch12

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 JUL 2012

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Patrick Goold

Series Editor Information

  1. Virginia Wesleyan College, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671856

Online ISBN: 9781118336465

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Keywords:

  • physics/metaphysics for the sailor, whether being Einstein in understanding sailing;
  • Einstein's love for sailing, as a measure of his greatness;
  • ghosting along in a zephyr, meaning the use of “relativity”;
  • energy in sailboat propulsion, the ubiquitous wind for unlimited travel;
  • speed of fastest powerboats paling, with start to finish being zero;
  • “reference frame” points and “origin” of reference frame, with “0”;
  • Einstein on problem of electromagnetism, with Gedankenexperiment, sailing measures

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Don't Laugh at “Slow” Sailing: Average Versus Instantaneous Motion

  • Motion Relative to What? – Galilean Relativity

  • But There are No Fixed Reference Frames – Special Relativity

  • General Relativity – Can it Really Matter?