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Question about Gravitation.

  1. Mar 2, 2012 #1
    Why is gravitation still considered a Fundamental Force when General Relativity says that it is a geometric effect of inertia and space-time curvature?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 2, 2012 #2
    Likely no real reason anymore...just a classification...an historical artifact like so many other things

    The Wikipedia description of fundamental focres is typical:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamental_forces

    and reading it suggests

    but this is not very accurate.... they should say "everyday" or 'typical' particle physics.
    In studying high energy collisions for example,such as at CERN, gravity isn't usually simportant....BUT

    'particle physics' in neutron stars and black holes, for example, and with electron, neutron, and quark degeneracies gravity is EVERYTHING...
     
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