Tuesday, March 03, 2009
A day-job colleague sent me the link. Thanks to XKCD.
Mister Bond was correct, of course. When the villain in the funny hat talks about "constructing Newtonian mechanics in a rotating system," he's really talking about pretending that a circle, or an arc thereof, is a straight line. And, yes, it's true that if you insist on pretending such, you will indeed have to invoke fiction in some form. All fine, as long as you understand and keep in mind what you're doing.