I have to write a brief history of physics for this english paper I'm doing. The only part I don't have a strong knowledge of is relativity, so if anyone would like to check the following three paragraphs for me and tell me if I summed it up accurately, I would be very grateful.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

"Einstein stated that the speed of light will remain constant for all observers no matter what their velocities are. This means that if I, at rest, observe a beam of light, I will see it traveling at 186,000 miles per second. Now, say I witness a man flying past me at a constant rate close to that of the speed of light. This does not mean that he will observe light traveling very slowly, but rather his sense of time has slowed down so that, to him, light still appears to travel at 186,000 miles per second. In fact if he had a watch on, I would see his watch as moving more slowly than mine. But, because in his frame of reference he is the one at rest and I am the one moving at close to light speed, he will observe that my watch is moving more slowly compared to his. This is called 'time dilation'. And not only will his clock appear to be slowed down to me, but he will also appear smaller to me and vice versa. If the two of us held out meter sticks, his would appear smaller than mine to me, and mine would appear smaller than his to him.

It is because of this nature of spatial and temporal relativity, Einstein concluded that the three dimensions of space and the single dimension of time are not absolute and independent of each other, but they make up a four-dimensional space-time continuum which is relative to the observer.

Einstein stated, in his General Theory of Relativity, that gravity is not a force that exists in space, as Newton had thought, but is actually a curvature of space-time itself. Einstein understood that being in a gravitational field was the equivalent to being in state of acceleration, which brought about a warp, or curve, in the fabric of space-time. This means, therefore, that time and space flow differently in different parts of the universe according to the distribution of mass."

**Physics Forums - The Fusion of Science and Community**

Dismiss Notice

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Proofing a few paragraphs on relativity

Loading...

Similar Threads for Proofing paragraphs relativity | Date |
---|---|

I Geometric meaning of complex null vector in Newman-Penrose | Today at 1:34 PM |

I Proof that Galilean & Lorentz Ts form a group | Dec 8, 2017 |

A Algebraic Proofs of Levi-Civita Symbol Identities | Jul 3, 2017 |

A Usage of kinetic energy in proof for E=mc^2 | Jul 2, 2017 |

**Physics Forums - The Fusion of Science and Community**