Visualization of Four-Dimensional Spacetimes

Speed Limit 1 079 252 849 km/h

speed limitThis video shows special relativistic flights through various scenes. Only the apparent geometry is visualized, the searchlight and Doppler effects are neglected. The introductory sequence displays a traffic sign we pass by at high velocity. The sign reads a speed limit of 1 079 252 849 km/h---the speed of light. The next sequences contain high-speed flights through simplified models of the Brandenburg Gate and an NaCl lattice. Relativistic illustrations of the Eiffel Tower, the earth, Saturn, and a spaceship follow. This video was shown at the Computer Animation Festival of the GI Jahrestagung '98.

Length: 3:50 min