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Relativity explained wiht four-letter words

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robertl30Person was signed in when posted
01-02-2003
01:29 PM ET (US)
Funny, but it was just at the excerpted part where I started to lose it. I was with them until they started talking about the falling rocks.

I found the 4 letter word limit actually hinders understanding. It was cute for awhile, but not really practical. If they could've used a word like "light" instead of "ray" it would've been smoother. It seemed at times awfully contrived to stay under the letter limit.
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Eli the BeardedPerson was signed in when posted
12-31-2002
05:31 PM ET (US)
Ah, but the "most common" words are not necessarily enough
to make much sense. The Beginner Books method, I believe,
was two hundred common words plus twenty others selected
by the author to bridge the gaps.
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erniePerson was signed in when posted
12-31-2002
03:49 PM ET (US)
So then lets build it from the 300 most common words - theoretically these would also translate into other languages better as well.

"the of and a to in is you that it he for was on are as with his they at be this from I have or by one had not but what all were when we there can an your which their said if do will each about how up out them then she many some so these would other into has more her two like him see time could no make than first been its who now people my made over did down only way find use may water long little very after words called just where most know

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Eli the BeardedPerson was signed in when posted
12-31-2002
01:35 PM ET (US)
Four or fewer letters per word is not a good metric for
being understandable. Limiting the vocabulary to a small
collection of well known words is what is needed. Look at
the Dr Seuss classics. Green Eggs and Ham reportedly
has 50 words (I have not counted*, but it is clearly less
than 100), many of those are longer than four letters, though.

* The Cat in the Hat reportedly uses 220 words, but
I counted 235. So until I count GE&H I won't trust the count.
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MikeGPerson was signed in when posted
12-31-2002
01:06 PM ET (US)
Okay, my bad. I just followed the link and the sections that weren't excerpted do indeed go on to add concepts from the general theory.
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MikeGPerson was signed in when posted
12-31-2002
01:02 PM ET (US)
Slight nitpick: At least for the excerpt presented here, the relevant theory is the _Special_ Theory of relativity. The _General_ theory adds the concept of spacetime curvature to explain gravity.

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