relativity theory


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Noun1.relativity theory - (physics) the theory that space and time are relative concepts rather than absolute conceptsrelativity theory - (physics) the theory that space and time are relative concepts rather than absolute concepts
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
Einstein's general theory of relativity, general relativity, general relativity theory, general theory of relativity - a generalization of special relativity to include gravity (based on the principle of equivalence)
Einstein's special theory of relativity, special relativity, special relativity theory, special theory of relativity - a physical theory of relativity based on the assumption that the speed of light in a vacuum is a constant and the assumption that the laws of physics are invariant in all inertial systems
event - a phenomenon located at a single point in space-time; the fundamental observational entity in relativity theory
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Other factors also affect the planets orbits, such as the Suns oblateness (how much it bulges in the middle, rather than being a perfect sphere) and how much it warps space-time by virtue of its goliath size, which is described by relativity theory.
Beginning with dissipative geometry and general relativity theory, they consider such aspects as pseudo-Riemannian geometry and general relativity, metric waves in a non-stationary universe and dissipative oscillator, and bosonic and fermionic models of a Friedman-Robertson-Walker universe.
75 of Einstein's generalised relativity theory," Dyson and his colleagues wrote in their official report.
First proposed in 1915, Einstein's general relativity theory describes how massive objects warp space, which we feel as gravity.
According to the widely accepted theory of black holes, based on Einstein's relativity theory, black holes, including their supermassive variants, form when a star with a mass approximately great than 20 suns, collapses onto itself after running out of energy to support itself.
As a precursor to Einstein's Special Relativity Theory Maxwell had, a century earlier, established that light was an interaction between moving electricity and moving magnet and was an electromagnetic wave.
2]), and his 1915 general relativity theory (G = T), which indicated that the universe was expanding.
Specifically, in the radar frame of reference, if the Space Surveillance Network waves travel at c, then the Deep Space Network waves travel at c plus the projection of the spacecraft velocity in the direction of the beam, in sharp contrast with the Second Postulate of the Special Relativity Theory.
Implications of Einstein's special relativity theory for nursing epistemology are also addressed what we can come to know within the limits of spacetime.
Getting a Grip on Gravity 16 For years, Einstein grappled with the vexing problem of devising a relativity theory incorporating gravity.
Poncelet explains shamanic perspectives and principles (that everything is sacred and interconnected, that there is a spiritual dimension to reality, and that we have the capacity to intentionally enter this dimension) and makes connections between them and modern science, particularly quantum physics, cosmology, relativity theory, and neuroscience.
What Einstein could not foresee, however, was that the reconceptualized physics he offered in his special relativity theory in order to keep the Earth moving and the speed of light constant was superseded 10 years later by his general relativity theory which, by his own covariance equations, allowed the Earth to remain fixed and the speed of light to be variable.