Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Science on Spokes
Jon majored in biology. I majored in physics. We both went for a bike ride.
At the start we spontaneously took a few revolutions around a cul-de-sac. I remarked what an interesting frame of reference that had been - he stationary in front of me and the rest of the world spinning.
We stopped at an old one-room schoolhouse. He noticed a spider on the handle of an old pump, and we talked about how underrated spiders are.
On the way back a flock of geese suddenly passed overhead. Jon was surprised at how low they flew, and how large the flock was.
Soon after, I waxed poetic about the mystery of riding bikes with friends. Again, the frame of reference struck me. Riders are all moving, often at a pretty good clip, yet in each other's eyes they remain still. This exclusively shared frame of reference is a great source of bonding.
It was fun to see our disciplines come out in our observations.