A Game to Understand the Theory of Special Relativity

A slower speed of light

Here’s something Science-lovers will love. A video game made by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Game Lab to help in understanding Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity. Einstein’s theory of special relativity is a topic of old and on-going scientific debates and some still don’t accept it.  Einstein’s theory includes length contraction, time dilation, simultaneity etc. His theory is complex and interesting and was so different than the usual theories at that time and was met with controversy by many scientists.

But later on, some points were experimentally verified. Anyway, for students or anyone, who want to understand the concepts of special relativity visually, not mathematically, this game is made for them. All because what Einstein said was theoretical and was supported by Einstein’s ‘thought experiments’, so it is not possible to observe time dilation, length contraction etc in real life as we don’t even come close to the speed of light (which is 299,792,458 m/s) which is VERY high.

Since we can’t replicate the conditions physically, we describe it visually through a game. This game is ideal for you if you’re student and just studied the theory of special relativity and scratching your head on what you just read. Many people find this theory very interesting as it’s steps away from normal Physics and sounds almost unreal and surprising. The first thing people think of when they read about the theory is, of course, Time Machine, which is a separate topic.

The game is simple and has a simple story to support it, which I will not describe here. It’s better for you to see it for yourself. Here’s a tip, collect all the orbs to see the real objective of the game; speed of light.

You can download the game “A Slower Speed of Light” from:

PC -> PC Download Link

MAC -> MAC Download Link

One comment

  1. Today special relativity is seen as an application of linear algebra , but at the time special relativity was being developed the field of linear algebra was still in its infancy. There were no textbooks on linear algebra as modern vector space and transformation theory, and the matrix notation of Arthur Cayley (that unifies the subject) had not yet come into widespread use. In retrospect, we can see that the Lorentz transformations are simply hyperbolic rotations, as explicitly noted by Minkowski.

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