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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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Subject: A Baffling Quote from Einstein, badly requiring explanation All sources I've consulted indicate that...
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I have very little knowledge in general relativity, though I do have a decent understanding of the theory of special...
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Hello, It is my understanding that in the case of two observers (A and B) passing each other at high speeds that due...
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Dear all, First, please forgive my english, I am French. In most textbooks on general relativity (GR) the non...
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If a train goes past an observer at 100km/hour and someone on the train fires a bullet from a gun in the direction the...
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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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The laws determinning the passage of light through varying densities of transparent material and through varying...
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If we have Einstein-Hilbert Lagrangian so: \mathcal L = (-g)^{1/2}R for R Ricci scalar (?) then my question...
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I have a doubt regarding the speed of light. What makes it impossible to achieve it. Why cant we have a relative...
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If two stars, both slightly above their Schwarzschild radius collide, can a joint horizon form before they come in...
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Suppose I dive head first into a black hole of size 100 light second from far away. When I reckon that I will cross...
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Hello An old friend of mine just came to me in the early morning and asked about a book on GR and how it manages...
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Hello all. First time posting here. I have a basic understanding of special relativity and I have few questions...
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A bus travels at a very high speed. It's time slows down. What's the mechanism by which this happens? Any help...
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Consider a light clock, i.e. two ideal mirrors, mounted in parallel with a vacuum in between, such that, in principle,...
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You are an observer fixed in absolute space watching clocks pass between two points, A and B, separated by 1km. The...
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I push a ball on the ground and it comes to rest after some time. It is a case of motion turning into rest. I...
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There are several measures of distance for a free falling observer in a Schwarzschild solution. I think it would be...
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Okay, so the title is overly dramatic, but I couldn't think of anything else to call this. Not trying to actually...
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Hello All, in 4-space, the position is x=(x0,x1,x2,x3), where x0=ct The question is - Can one define the clock...
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If I am understand correctly a moving mass has more energy than a stationary mass. Mass and energy are two forms of...
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I was wondering what book would be useful in learning special relativity and basic general relativity. I know vector...
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My textbook says that a compressed spring has more mass than when it is not compressed. I'm assuming that this is...
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Over time, I've realized there are certain limits to how far the human imagination can go. Even for simple things, it...
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Can someone explain to me how those who believe relativity also believe that the earth revovles around the sun. I...
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Hey everyone, for anyone who saw my thread in the chemistry section you know I'm changing my view point to that of the...
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In another thread (on Oppenheimer-Snyder collapse), I posted a link to some lecture notes on gravitational collapse....
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Hi all, I'm in a modern physics course and am surprised by how confused I am about special relativity. I know...
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Suppose two people, each in his own craft, set apart by significant distance and stationary to each other. Both...
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Could it be possible that space-time curvature is not caused by matter but is an inherent characteristic of...
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Mike Fontenot has a scheme he calls CADO for Current Age of a Distant Object. He has presented some of his ideas in...
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Hi For some days I was looking for the reason that relativity said the speed of light is the maximum speed.At last...
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This looks interesting: "Symmetry groups are undeniably basic but why must spacetime have a group structure? The...
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I'm sure someone else must have come up with this (the description in the third paragraph), but I haven't seen it....
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A deviation from General Relativity? Reference: A weak lensing detection of a deviation from General Relativity on...
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We know that a free scalar field on a diff-invariant 1+1 dimensional background (i.e. bosonic string theory on the...
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I have written a report on the Schwarzschild Metric, where I derive a version of it that I have never seen before in...
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{F}=\frac {{\gamma}^3 {m} {v}^2}{{c}^2} + \gamma {m} {a} You all know this equation.Relativistic newton's second...
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