Space-time, your way!

A levels/International Baccalaureate Physics workshops

Relativity & Space-time

IB Physics students at the British International School Phuket were the first to experience this 60 minute session which started with the infamous apple falling on Newton’s head (and the resultant Newton’s equations of motion and universal gravitation) to current thinking on space-time and gravity.

Uh, what happens if the sun vaporises suddenly, without warning, in a flash? What lies beyond our visible universe? Is space-time in loops? Is space-time a basket with the weave of string theory, in which reality sits in?

With theoretical physics, the only wrong question is the unasked one!




It was a fun, lively session that finished with modelling space-time with foam, coloured paper, wood, cardboard, and of course, imaginations !




Stay tuned to see their creations!









Photographs courtesy of British International School, Phuket

At Portsmouth High School, Hampshire, UK

A level Physics students explaining space-time visually after the workshop.

and the International School of Monaco

IB Physics students modelling the famous Space-time model with newspapers and a ball

To download teaching resources, visit the UK Times Education Supplement resource page:

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The first journey is within

It is ironic, Alice thought to herself, that people are more curious about meteor showers and events happening in the distant reaches of outer space than the births of neutron stars, exploding supernovae and total solar eclipses happening within them. By not seeing the wonders within us, we can never know the Universe. For we are the Universe.

In his book, In the Quest of Absolute Zero, PW wrote that human beings are earthbound life forms of stars because we are made from the same material. The first two elements of the Periodic Table (Hydrogen and Helium) are remnants from the Big Bang. The next three (Lithium, Beryllium and Boron) come from cosmic rays. The rest of the natural elements come from supernovae, large stars and small stars.


Periodic table from Cmglee/Wikimedia and AsapSCIENCE

This magical Universe came into being simply because firstly, protons and electrons have opposite charges and are attracted to each other and secondly, because in the beginning, there was slightly more matter than anti-matter. That’s the meaning of life, PW often exhorted, that’s how simple it all is!

Alice smiled to herself. How sweet he is. That’s why he asks people to run outside to look at the stars and meteor showers. But my dear Professor, it is we who create the Universe the moment consciousness was born. Like the Double Slit experiment you wrote so eloquently about but failed to grasp the true significance of as you continue spiraling outwards to seek meaning in distant stars. That’s what happens when people are running outwards like vassals of the Cosmological Constant rather than know that it is an illusion that keeps the Universe going.

When you run and talk, you don’t hear or see a thing, Alice’s fourteen year old brain thought.


Excerpt from Chapter 7: Wonderland revisited

Note: Last week, there was a solar eclipse.  People rushed out to see it. Social media was abuzz with photos of it. There was more interest in what was happening millions of miles away than in the daily births of neutron stars, exploding supernovae and total solar eclipses that are happening within us. Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, said that yoga is an adventure in consciousness.

When my external world fell apart, a Yogi took me by the hand and led me inwards. In there, I saw light and Love. ( The journey began when he took me to a small meditation group in Central London, then Vedanta classes in North London, slow runs along Chelsea Embankment where we talked deeply and then  yoga in Clapham Junction).