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The section of the Usenet Physics FAQ titled "Experimental Basis of Special Relativity" has been cited here many...
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Einstein is riding the beam of light away from the clock tower so the hands of the clock don't move. Suppose the...
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I had this doubt studing GR, but lets consider SR for semplicity, where g_{\mu\nu}=\eta_{\mu\nu}the geodesics are...
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There is a thought experiment pertaining to general relativity that involves a signal traveling from the front to the...
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Gravitational waves are generated when the mass quadrupole moment changes in time. We also know motion of mass...
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E=MC^2 Here, say we want to find the energy of a single photon. that means, mass of photon x speed of light...
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By SR, relativistic energy and mass are proportional to the Lorentz factor γ, therefore, grow to infinity for...
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It's fairly easily to visualize space bending as a result of the mass of an object, and that the bending of space is...
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I just got my first official introduction to relativity in my textbook (I'm equivalent to a high school senior...
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Increase in weight if an object is illuminated Are there experiments which show that the weight of a body, with...
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does there exist an angular speed limit, just like we have 'c' in relativistic mechanics? If Yes, How? If No, Why?
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Quick question about the EFE's. When writing the einstein tensor G_{\mu\nu}=R_{\mu\nu}-\frac{1}{2}Rg_{\mu\nu}, and...
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I know hyberbola in spacetime diagram is that curve-like line below the light cone much like the bottom of a bath tub....
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