special theory of relativity


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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

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It would herald a revolution in physics comparable to that caused by Einstein's publication of his Special Theory of Relativity.
Einstein's "Special Theory of Relativity," one of his accomplishments of 1905, postulated that time and space were not absolute, but instead varied, depending on one s perspective; in other words, they were "relative." The science was complex (most non-scientists still have only a vague understanding of it), but some of the predictions it yielded were truly astonishing.
In 1915 (ten years after the special theory of relativity), Einstein applied his thoughts to the general case of gravity-driven (accelerating) motions in the universe.
Fifty years earlier in 1905, Einstein had enjoyed his `miraculous year' with the publication of his landmark papers about the nature of light and a Special Theory of Relativity. In this he had introduced a revolutionary new way of understanding the relation between space and time.
1905 - Cardiff was granted city status by Edward VII, Einstein publishes Special Theory of Relativity,
"Einstein may be most famous for his Special Theory of Relativity," says White.
Establishment-supported defenders of the Big Bang theory and Einstein's special theory of relativity have proven similarly inhospitable to independent thinking.
Herbert argues that both Victorian reverence for scientific logic and the criticisms that greeted Einstein's special theory of relativity in 1905 must be viewed in relation to a fairly extensive body of works critiquing scientific objectivity and rationality during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Miller, a science historian who has gained some acclaim for an earlier work Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity: Emergence (1905) and Early Interpretation (1905-1911), obviously knows quite a bit about mathematical theory.
An important part of Chapter 1 is taken with the question of whether Einstein's special theory of relativity, and its coupling of space and time, was influenced by his religious or philosophical ideas.
In 1905, Einstein's special theory of relativity implied we could leap into the future by traveling at or near the speed of light.
Einstein's special theory of relativity takes account of this--and leads to some conceptually difficult conclusions.
The other important relation between events is the temporal ordering relation, "earlier than." And since Whitehead in this period was under the influence of the special theory of relativity, even though he contributed an alternative to Einstein' s general theory of relativity in The Principles of Relativity, he countenances multiple time systems in the temporal ordering of durations and accepts the Minkowski cones for the special theory of relativity in his construction.
Sometime during his sojourn in Aarau during 1895-1896, Einstein realized a thought experiment in highly visual terms over which he would ponder tenaciously for 10 years, until he realized that it contained the "germ of the special theory of relativity." He flourished in Aarau, passing with the highest grade average in his class and gained admission to the ETH.
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