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A New Way To Visualize General Relativity
by Mike Levin
Wednesday, May 04, 2022
May the forth be with you; the forth of gravity.
Nat Installed Manim on Windows Under Jupyter
Today was a huge day for several reasons. Nat got Manim installed on Windows.
We tried on the Linux side of Windows first, but the Chocolatey approach which
she started herself ended up being key. On the advice of the Manim site, Nat
installed the official Python.org version of Python on her machine instead of
the more easy Windows Store version.
Standalone Jupyter With VirtualEnv Python 3.10 Kernel
Then she did something I never even was able to do for myself until now, which
is set up a virtualenv for the new Desktop JupyterLab, and then update it to
use the brand new Python 3.10 kernel. Not that Nat had to because by this time
she used Chocolatey to install the Windows version of vim and ran it through
Powershell to create .py files. But still Jupyter is a bit better for
Manim-style exploratory programming. But Manim actually requires .py files, so
Nat started using nbconvert to convert the .ipynb files to .py files.
And Then This Video
And to top it off, Nat sent me this video which I agree is the best way I’ve
ever seen to visualize general relativity, especially how the curvature of
space gives rise to time. Amazing! I can really appreciate her interest in the
Python Manim math visualization and animation package.