Monday, November 25, 2013

Guest Post: Ingrid Jonach

Remember that post I did about how I was obsessed with an old dead guy on That Awkward Thursday a while back? Well, turns out there is someone else that is even more obsessed with Albert Einstein than I am. Today, I am happy to have Ingrid Jonach, author of When the Word was Flat on the blog to discuss Albert Einstein and how/why it influenced her writing!


When the World was Flat and Einstein

Albert Einstein died in the early hours of April 18, 1955 in Princeton Hospital. The official cause was an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The internal bleeding could have been stemmed by surgery, but Einstein insisted he had done his share and it was his time. He was working on his Unified Field Theory at the time of his death, which he had called an attempt to “read the mind of God.” His final words were uttered in German to a nurse who spoke only English.
My imagination was captured by the circumstances of his death and the opinions of his contemporaries that he had wasted his final years on his Unified Field Theory, which is colloquially known as the Theory of Everything.
When the World was Flat (and we were in love) explores a reimagined history where Albert Einstein accepted a life-saving operation and lived long enough to finish his Theory of Everything and read the mind of God.
We are heading into spoiler territory, so I will sidestep it by telling you that I stumbled on the Theory of Everything while researching String Theory. A third theory that I wove into the book (but which is not actually mentioned) is Quantum Entanglement, which is a theory where particles are linked and can potentially explain what we otherwise would term Fate.
I am not a physicist. I just have an interest in physics and fringe science. There were times when I thought my brain was going to explode while I was reading up on the various theories that went into When the World was Flat (and we were in love). I did feel a bit better when I read that Einstein was not understood by many of his contemporaries, except for English astronomer Arthur Stanley Eddington, who led an expedition to West Africa that provided the first confirmation of his General Theory of Relativity.
Einstein was very modest though. He reportedly said about his genius, “It's not that I'm so smart. It's just that I stay with problems longer.”
He also had a knack for explaining his theories through simple and humorous sound bytes. His sense of humor was evident by his friendship with legendary comic Charlie Chaplin, who told Einstein, “People cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because nobody understands you.”
Luckily for the general populace, Einstein believed that his theories were useless, unless they could be explained to a barmaid.
I now give you some of his most quotable quotes on his theories:
                “Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.”
                “Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.”
                “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
                “Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.”
I really encourage everyone to read up on his theories and, if you are feeling like they are going over your head, just remember this Einstein quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

About the Book

When the World was Flat (and we were in love)
Author: Ingrid Jonach
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook and audio through all good bookstores and online.


Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.
But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.
When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again. 
An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.

Author Bio

Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry.
Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government.
Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.
Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction.
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