keen intellect is well known within his feline circle of friends. It
didn't take long before we noticed that Steve was somehow different from
other cats we have known. He seemed to take
an unusually intense interest in the Science Channel, often dropping
his stuffed mouse and becoming totally absorbed in the programming
- particularly programs relating to planetary science and cosmology.
He often sits on our lap while we are typing at the computer, assimilating
everything that appears on the screen. His favorite mouse possesses
a blue and white checked pattern, showing a strong preference for binary
Steve was drawn to books at a very early age. A couple of days after
coming into our home Steve started hanging out around the book shelves – getting
into our books in ways that we had never imagined. He enjoys
getting lost in a good book, often falling asleep amidst a mountain
Steve is also never afraid to voice his opinion.....even at two o'clock
in the morning!
We are constantly taking note of Steve's reactions to topics,
and have decided to start logging them here. This list will be constantly
expanding......just like Steve's Universe.
One of Albert Einstein's greatest insights was realizing that time
is relative. It speeds up or slows down depending on how fast one
thing is moving relative to something else. Einstein came up with
an interesting example to show the effects of time dilation that
he called the "twin paradox." Consider a pair of twin brothers. One
twin travels on a spaceship at near the speed of light and the other stays
behind on Earth. When the space traveling twin returns to Earth
he discovers that his brother has aged 60 years, yet he has only aged
Steve explains that this theory should actually be credited to Einstein's
cat. Einstein merely observed the well known fact that 7 cat years
are equal to 1 human year. Additionally, one only has to observe a
cat sitting on the couch while his keeper darts around the house doing
"human things" to understand the whole relative motion thing.
It seems to have worked. Cats now sit at the pinnacle of the
is on the fence with this one. Mathematically
the odds seem overwhelming, but the thought of any other life in
the Universe being as intelligent as cats seems totally unlikely.
Steve closely follows the Mars Exploration Rovers,
Spirit and Opportunity, and is genuinely excited about the new
Space Exploration Initiative. Steve hopes to see the first paw
prints on Mars in his lifetime.
More coming soon!
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