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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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I read in a book that mass is invariant. Does this mean that an object's mass does not increase as it approaches the...
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DaleSpam
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hello! days ago I wondered me without finding any answer: if the limit of the speed is c, does exist a limit for...
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pervect
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Apologies -- I posted this here by mistake, and have re-posted it in the Cosmology forum. I don't know how to delete...
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oldman
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Question: As an object approaches C and its length contracts, does space-time contract also, causing the a larger...
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Hi, I have some trouble with Theorem 2.2.1 in Wald's GR book p.15. He derived formula 2.2.5 by using 2.2.4. Here,...
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so according to relativity, gravity is rly curves in space time. I imagine this in a 2d context, with a 2d world...
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michael879
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Can anyone explain to me what is contravariant and covariant? I just know that they are tensors with specific...
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pervect
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if a ship is going at half the speed of of light (just imagine okay) and there is a light in the center of the ship...
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In the 3+1 formulation of GR we have the following basic variables: g_{ij} = \textrm{metric on a spatial surface}...
Nov29-06 06:12 PM
shoehorn
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I'm trying to follow this proof/derivation in Relativity demystified basically the book is showing transformations and...
Jul26-09 08:03 PM
Fredrik
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This extract is from Bridgman, A Sophisticate's Primer of Relativity. 1962 Page 28. Only the last couple of sentences...
Oct24-09 12:00 PM
Cleonis
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Hagen Kleinert, in his book, Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics, Statistics, Polymer Physics, and Financial Markets,...
Dec27-11 10:08 PM
friend
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Hey guys. I have a question regarding exercise 6.5 in MTW ("Radar Distance Indicator"). The exercise asks the...
Jan4-14 01:12 AM
PeterDonis
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Here is another train and platform example, offered to examine ghwellsjr's view equating what you see with what is...
Jan28-14 02:34 PM
phyti
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Okay, everyone, I know that this is sounds like a set-up question. And that's because it is. But please humor me,...
May27-04 11:51 AM
russ_watters
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This may sound mind numbingly stupid to those who are seasoned in Physics, but how do we know that it is impossible to...
May15-06 03:24 PM
SpaceTiger
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We have a light cone http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/6463/lightcone3.jpg Vertical and horizontal axis representing...
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tiny-tim
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Hi, I hope my questions make sense at all: Is it possible to define a nonlinear Operator such that letting this...
Jun30-09 02:04 PM
Orbb
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The derivaton I have seen (for a Schwarschild black hole) is this One imagines a mass m attached to a long (well...
May27-10 01:37 AM
yuiop
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Hello, I am newly learning special relativity. I have this particular doubt> Why is light moving along the...
Nov14-11 07:56 PM
Highwaydude
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I understand that energy depends on mass but why multiply it by C˛ and not some other constant ? Several...
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Is there an easy way to see this? can it be see via the penrose diagram? does it have anything to do with how when a...
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George Jones
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What do people think of Nikodem Poplawski's proposal that adding torsion to GR (in the form of ECSK gravity) leads to,...
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shantu
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Hello guys! I've been trying to get some intuition for differential forms. I know the formal theory and I know how...
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micromass
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the starship enterprise wishes to fly to a distant galaxy 85 light years away. at what speed would it have to travel...
Jan24-05 01:25 AM
hype_chicky
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Hi, I'm sorry to have to ask this, but I can't seem to reason this one out by myself at the moment. Given the...
Oct12-11 06:45 PM
Sam Gralla
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http://arxiv.org/abs/math-ph/0105043 And published in a decent peer-review journal, so don't let the title fool you...
Feb26-10 03:23 PM
JustinLevy
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I like to try and derive little things by myself if I think it is manageable. One such thing is the addition of...
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nhmllr
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Here's a scenario I thought of a few days ago. I know there must be an easy explanation, but it hasn't come to me ......
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PBRMEASAP
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May25-06 03:22 PM
scott1
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How can a smooth deformation of a Lorentzian manifold possibly create one or more singularities?
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quantum123
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In my cosmology lectures they say that a negative curvature gives an infinite space but I was thinking what about the...
Feb19-10 07:06 AM
George Jones
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Hello, this is my first post here and I'm sorry if I say a dumb thing. Something is bothering me for a long time... I...
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ZapperZ
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I just finished watching a hawkins program about time travel that theorized that the faster an object travels through...
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Hi, I just started reading "The Elegant Universe" as an introduction to physics. Up to this point I thought I...
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DaveC426913
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As per group property, one could make a product of gr members e.g. Lorentz boost (B) and rotation R, as they...
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While explaining how science works in my biology class my biology teacher said that relativity had been proved wrong,...
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PeterDonis
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Why doesn't a stationary charge experience a magnetic force? And why does a moving charge produce a magnetic field?...
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I've always thought that understanding at a profound level requires real precision in the use of language. I was...
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When an object moves in curved spacetime, how does its angular momentum vector transform? My hunch is that the...
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