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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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Has anyone ever analysed Einstein's equations in 1+1 spactime dimensions? It seems to me like this would provide a...
Apr16-08 09:46 AM
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The obvious objection to the famous thought experiment with one of a twins moving away from the earth is, couldn't you...
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A long time ago, Galileo stated the vertical motion of a falling body is not influenced by its horizontal motion. Is...
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I guess this is my last theme here with this nick and from this IP:) But I just love the answer that came to my mind...
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I am not a physics expert but have been having a discussion about the effects of the Special Theory of Relativity with...
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So after hearing a few theories, I had this idea that seems to make some sense. The problem is that all of the math...
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I understand that the speed of light in a vacuum is supposed to be constant. However, I am having a problem...
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While reading about the de Sitter universe I usually see the following relation between the curvature scalar and the...
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I am sure this question in some form gets posted here all the time again and again, but I somehow can not find it in...
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Last night I watch a show about the birth of our sun on the Science channel. At one point they talked about how it...
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I am not a physics major but have always been perplexed by the apparent paradox of two issues: 1. If we use the...
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Figure 2-4 in "Spacetime Physics" by Taylor & Wheeler The figure illustrates the effects of free float on the...
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Im trying to describe a system of two kerr black holes and I was wondering if this was even possible? Im currently...
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I'm doing a research project for a class in advanced differential geometry, and have chosen to cover dynamical...
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like my previous post on two body black hole solutions, Ive got a question about a non-stationary black hole which is...
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Suppose you have a spacetime with an observer at rest at the origin, and the surface at t = 0 going through the...
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I've read Schwarzschild paper and I don't understand his conditions "The solution is spatially symmetric with...
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Can anyone tell me where can I get detailed derivation of Planck-Einstein Transformation of temperature in the...
Apr12-08 09:11 AM
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Why is Einstein's law of gravitation for empty space sometimes identified as Ricci tensor=0 instead of Einstein...
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i need some help here, say if there's a ship, no matter how it steers, it will always end up at the starting point,...
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Einstein's second postulate states that the speed of light is constant as viewed from any frame of reference. Most of...
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Suppose you are given the Lagrangian of a scalar field \Phi(t) \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2} \dot{\Phi}- \nabla \Phi -...
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I've seen several responses (and links) to the question "What happens when something is traveling at the speed of...
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Given the idea that a photon experiences only one 'time-slice' from its perspective, and exists as one elongated unit...
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Hi, I have a computational question about the Hilbert action with an added Gauss-Bonnet term. The Lagrangian L (...
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I'm confused about how to understand the ct dimension. I cannot get passed thinking that physically real...
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Hi all - this (seeming) paradox has been brought up on a few other forums with less than illuminating results. I'm...
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I am trying to get through Special & General Relativity on my own. However I seem to reach a problem. Imagine...
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I like to do whirlies with the kids down in my local park. I grab them by the feet and I spin them in a circle with...
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Hey guys, to further my understanding of special relativity, could you help me out with this problem: Two...
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I have a few questions about these. My main question concerns the "theory" that all fundamental particles are...
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The line element in a rotating plane, with angular velocity \omega is given, in polar coordinates (t, r, \theta) by (...
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I am trying to draw one of those nice plots of effective potential against radius , which suggest the position of...
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"Violation of the equivalence principle for stressed bodies in asynchronous relativity" ...
Apr8-08 06:46 PM
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Hello, First post. Thank you for letting me be a part of the discussion. My question is, can the Law of...
Apr8-08 06:45 PM
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Ok so I begin by entertaining the following hypothesis: Suppose a number of points are selected in spacetime, and...
Apr8-08 06:38 PM
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space is flat what the hell does this mean. It must be at least six foot thick as thats how tall I am? how thick is...
Apr8-08 06:11 PM
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For a free relativistic particle we have the condition E^2-\mathbf{p}^2c^2=m^2c^4. putting p^0 = c^{-1}E we may...
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Two masses A and B are accelerated to a velocity V on close “parallel” paths. They will experience gravity or...
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If I lift an object, does its mass increase due to my investing it with potential energy? If I then drop it, does its...
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