Jim Spinosa


Born in 1955,Jim Spinosa remembers,as a youngster,
being entranced by the science fiction novels he
perused in a small,corner bookstore in Denville,
NJ. The cramped confines of that store had claimed
to contain the largest selection of books in Northern New Jersey. His penchant for science fiction engendered an interest in physics. Often daunted by the difficulty of physics textbooks,he
questioned whether physics could be presented as clearly and concisely as science fiction,without sustaining any loss in depth Nuts and Bolts:Taking
Apart Special Relativity is an attempt to answer that question.

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Would you like to relate your idea of an example of an extreme review of your ebook?
In "Nuts & Bolts" the author claims to show that Einstein's special relativity theory is incorrect. Next, he'll be telling us that miniature pieces of driftwood form inside decaying white birch logs, which have fallen to the forest floor. That twenty to forty slugs will crawl into an empty beer can and then are lethally poisoned by the last sip of beer that is left inside the beer can by the litterbugs, which discard them along our roadsides. That moles can get fatally trapped inside glass beer bottles that have sunk into the ground. That wind can slow the flow of a mountain stream so that it flows with a pulsing rhythm. That groundhogs sometimes climb up saplings, which bend under their weight. That pine cones open and close long after they have fallen off the tree. That the negative terminal of a car battery is really the positive terminal and vice versa. That a car's starter motor never really breaks; it just gets dirty because small debris get in through the vents (this only applies to starter motors that have vents). That very large lightning bolts shoot up from the earth and small segments of them start to fall back to earth just before they disappear. That designs of black ice that are embedded into the ice of lakes and ponds that look like an abstract spider are caused by rainwater finding its way through the solid ice and not by the warmer water that lies under the ice. That when it turns bitter cold there's a rusty orange, mushy ice that forms on the bottom of streams and that if you scoop it out of the water it turns bright white. That because of all the detergents found in suburban streams a new kind of brittle ice can form, which uses detergent bubbles as a template. That when a film of detergent lies on the surface of a roiling stream you can see the shadow of the line where the edge of the film meets the water though you can't see the line itself. That in the suburbs the trees are too close together because they're planted when they're small and never thinned out. Doesn't the author know there are examples of relativity in everyday life? Take a tape measure for instance: as they get old, the flange at the free end gets loose and slides backward so that an older tape measure will measure the same object as shorter than a new tape measure.
What associations have been most helpful in advancing your literary career?
Without a doubt the SFABC, the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County, helmed by Philip DeParto has been truly advantageous to my writing endeavors. I have been able to overlook the fact that the group's acronym omits an "o" for the word "of" with ease because of the fellowship provided by the group.
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Nuts And Bolts: Taking Apart Special Relativity
Price: Free! Words: 46,230. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Physics
Nuts and Bolts: Taking Apart Special Relativity is an attempt to disprove Einstein's theory of special relativity. It is written to appeal to a wide audience. Nuts and Bolts explains the formidable equations of special relativity in unprecedental detail.

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