general theory of relativity


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general theory of relativity

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(General Physics) the theory of gravitation, developed by Einstein in 1916, extending the special theory of relativity to include acceleration and leading to the conclusion that gravitational forces are equivalent to forces caused by acceleration
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Noun1.general theory of relativity - a generalization of special relativity to include gravity (based on the principle of equivalence)
Einstein's theory of relativity, relativity, relativity theory, theory of relativity - (physics) the theory that space and time are relative concepts rather than absolute concepts
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Professor John M Dudley, President of the International Year of Light comments: "Commemorating the Centenary of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity was a foundational pillar of why we worked to have an International Year of Light in 2015.
Gravitation and Cosmology: Principles and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity.
Ten years later, he developed the General Theory of Relativity, earning a Nobel Prize despite the opposition of anti-Semitic colleagues.
Finding a merged black hole also would allow theorists to explore a new regime of Einstein's general theory of relativity.
Because [Albert] Einstein's general theory of relativity does not choose a time orientation, if a black hole can form from the gravitational collapse of matter through an event horizon in the future, then the reverse process is also possible.
In 1916, Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which asserts that gravity is a distortion of space-time by matter.
Under some conditions, the aftermath is actually visible, and he draws on the general theory of relativity to explain how these visible ultra-dense regions arise naturally and generically as the outcome of a dynamical gravitational collapse in Einstein gravity.
Also worth a re-showing is Chris Gollon's painting, Einstein and the Jealous Monk, acquired by the gallery in 2005 in celebration of Einstein Year and the centenary of the General Theory of Relativity.
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Nevertheless, Einstein's initial insights, built upon the work of earlier scientists (notably Lorentz and Poincare), are taken as the beginning of modern cosmology, for, eleven years after the publication of his initial papers, his special theory of relativity would lead to the full formulation of his general theory of relativity, and his initial insights into the nature of matter and radiation--built especially upon the work of Max Planck, who asserted in 1900 that energy of radiation is produced in discrete little bundles, in direct proportion to the radiation's frequency (the famous E=hv equation)--would lead Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Dirac, and Fynmann to work out the Quantum Theory, which in turn would change our perception of the physical world.
2] and General Theory of Relativity led to monumental scientific advances.
A decade later saw the publication of his most famous work, the General Theory of Relativity, in which he developed his ideas further to take into account the effects of gravity and acceleration.

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