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What would happen if he could ride alongside abeam of light, was the question that Albert Einstein asked himself in 1894. This simple question was a question that eventually led Einstein to formulate his theories on relativity. Ten years were all it took Einstein to have two theories regarding spacetime; the theory of special relativity and the theory general relativity. The theory of special relativity is the theory that unifies time and space, while the theory of general relativity explains gravity as the curvature of spacetime.

In a paper titled, “Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Koerper” (“On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies”), Einstein explained his Special Theory of Relativity. This paper was where Einstein showed the world his discovery of the speed of light being a constant. Einstein also stated that time and space are relative to the observer's position. "Wraped time is how special relativity tells us that clocks run at different places." The theory of special relativity was essential to the development of general relativity.

General relativity states that gravity and motion can have an effect on time and space. Einstein's general relativity is centered around a principle that "states that the effects of acceleration cannot be distinguished from those of gravity," this principle is called the equivalence principle.

General relativity explores the relationship between gravitational mass and inertial mass, to be able to figure out the effect of gravity depending only on spacetime and geometry. The geodesic in a flat space is a striaght line that is also the shortest distance between two points in a flat space. A geodesic can still be defined in a curved space, but unlike in a flat space, the geodesic does not necessari...

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...s a major role in the domain of astronomy, physics, and cosmology. Furthermore, it is not possible to say that Einstein was the person who solemly discovered gravity or discovered how the universe works. A great example is the way that Einstein's Principle of Relativity was based on what Galileo had previously dicovered in the seventeenth century. However, it would be fair to say that Einstein was a very successful person when dealing with the ways of the universe for he made many groundbreaking discoveries in his lifetime. The Principle of Relativity is, in few words, a wonderful discovery that help advance and almost perfect the world of physics.

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- Explains that albert einstein asked himself in 1894 what would happen if he could ride alongside abeam of light, which led him to formulate his theories on relativity.
- Explains that einstein explained his special theory of relativity in a paper titled, "zur elektrodynamik bewegter koerper" and that time and space are relative to the observer's position.
- Explains einstein's general relativity, which states that gravity and motion can have an effect on time and space.

- Explains that albert einstein asked himself in 1894 what would happen if he could ride alongside abeam of light, which led him to formulate his theories on relativity.
- Explains that einstein explained his special theory of relativity in a paper titled, "zur elektrodynamik bewegter koerper" and that time and space are relative to the observer's position.
- Explains einstein's general relativity, which states that gravity and motion can have an effect on time and space.
- Explains that general relativity explores the relationship between gravitational mass and inertial mass to figure out the effect of gravity depending only on spacetime and geometry.
- Explains that einstein proposed a universe that was defined "with respect to its spatial demensions," not infinite like "newton's universe." the model was published in 1917 in "cosmological consideration on the general theory of relativity."
- Explains how einstein's theory of general relativity was proved correct during the solar eclipse of 1919.
- Explains that einstein's general theory of relativity proves that the theory of relativity is important in everyday life.
- Opines that einstein's theory on general relativity has a major role in the domain of astronomy, physics, and cosmology.

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- Cites the university of alabama, department of physics and astronomy, 4,000 years of women in science.
- Reviews white, michael, and gribbin, john. einstein: a life in science.

2074 wordsRead More - Albert Einstein: The General Theory of Relativitycomparative essayThroughout Albert Einstein’s lifetime he accomplished many amazing things that have an effect on people today. For example, in 1905, “often called as Einstein’s “miracle year”, he published four papers in the Annalen der Physik, each of which would alter the course of modern physics” (Michio,Kaku 13). Throughout Einstein’s four books, he “applied the quantum theory to light in order to explain the photoelectric effect, offered the first experimental proof of the existence of atoms, laid out the mathematical theory of special relativity, and proved the first mechanism to explain the energy source of the Sun and other stars”(13). Throughout 1905-1915 Einstein began to realize that his theory for relativity was flawed, because “it made no mention of gravitation or acceleration” (19). “In November of 1915, Einstein finally completed the general theory of reality” (20); “in 1921 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics” (Belanger, Craig. 1).
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- Explains that a hero is defined as "exhibiting or marked by courage and daring" or "supremely noble or self-sacrificing".
- Explains that albert einstein accomplished many amazing things that have an effect on people today, such as publishing four papers in the annalen der physik.
- Explains that albert einstein began to study the movement of particles, which led to the hypothesis that matter is composed of atoms.

- Explains that a hero is defined as "exhibiting or marked by courage and daring" or "supremely noble or self-sacrificing".
- Explains that albert einstein accomplished many amazing things that have an effect on people today, such as publishing four papers in the annalen der physik.
- Explains that albert einstein began to study the movement of particles, which led to the hypothesis that matter is composed of atoms.
- Explains that einstein brought many insights of life including the theory of the speed of light.
- Explains that albert einstein developed and developed the general theories of relativity, which helped make predictions concerning light and gravitation.
- Concludes that albert einstein is noble because he has developed and finalized the theory of relativity and light, and the hypothesis that matter is composed of atoms.

668 wordsRead More - The Elegant Universeanalytical essayGreene continues with his explanations of the special theory of relativity.Chapter 3: Of Warps and Ripples Green begins the chapter by describing "Newton's View of Gravity" and continues by discussing the incompatibility of Newtonian Gravity and Special Relativity. The author also talks about how Einstein discovered the link between acceleration and the warping of space and time. Greene also discuses the basic aspects of General Relativity. He later points out how the two theories of relativity effect black holes, the big bang, and the expansion of space.Chapter 4: Microscopic Weirdness This chapter describes, in detail, the workings of quantum mechanics.
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- Analyzes how brian greene examines the fundamentals of what is currently proven to be true by experimentation in the realm of modern physics.
- Explains einstein's conclusion that light always travels at the speed of light, and never slows down. maxwell’s theory says light cannot be stationary.
- Explains greene's explanations of the special theory of relativity in chapter 3: of warps and ripples and chapter 4: microscopic weirdness.

- Analyzes how brian greene examines the fundamentals of what is currently proven to be true by experimentation in the realm of modern physics.
- Explains einstein's conclusion that light always travels at the speed of light, and never slows down. maxwell’s theory says light cannot be stationary.
- Explains greene's explanations of the special theory of relativity in chapter 3: of warps and ripples and chapter 4: microscopic weirdness.
- Analyzes how quantum mechanics effected waves, electromagnetic radiation, or photons, and matter particles. green concludes the discussion by talking about the uncertainty principle.
- Compares the theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics, stating that the two can contradict each other, such as the area around a black hole.
- Describes the suspected length of a string 10-33 centimeters, and how string theory can unite quantum mechanics and relativity.
- Explains how greene tells about how string theory allows for more than three spatial dimensions, nine to be exact.
- Analyzes how greene describes the geometry of space and how it fits in with and is affected by string theory.
- Analyzes how greene describes the five different types of string theory and how current methods of approximation will not be able to complete m-theory.
- Analyzes how greene describes the current model of cosmology, including string theory's view on the big bang, a multiverse, and the possibility of more than one universe.

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