Thursday, 12 July 2012

Thermonuclear destruction caused by a baseball

What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?. An excerpt:

The ball is going so fast that everything else is practically stationary. Even the molecules in the air are stationary. Air molecules vibrate back and forth at a few hundred miles per hour, but the ball is moving through them at 600 million miles per hour. This means that as far as the ball is concerned, they’re just hanging there, frozen.

I learnt a lot. More than I ever did in a lecture when I studied undergraduate physics.

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