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 may be most famous for his Special Theory of Relativity," says White.
The exhibit, running through May 29, marks the centennial of Albert Einstein's annus mirabilis - the ``miracle year'' of 1905 in which at age 26 he published four landmark findings, including his Special Theory of Relativity and the well-known equation E = mc2.
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.
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.
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.
The professional relationships among any number of such researchers from 1905, when Einstein postulated his special theory of relativity, to the present day are almost as complex as any interaction among a similarly disparate group of nuclear particles.
It was recognized at the time that any correct quantum theory would have to be consistent with the special theory of relativity, which quantum mechanics was not.
Working on the speed of light, he deduced his special theory of relativity, which described the effect of velocity on mass and time-flow.
informs us that in 1905, while he was constructing his "new theory of time" -- meaning, though the book never mentions it, the Special Theory of Relativity contained in his paper "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" -- Einstein was plagued by a series of nightly dreams, each of which took place in a world governed by different standards of time: "His dreams have taken hold of his research.
In 1905, while Einstein was getting his doctorate in Zurich, he first enunciated " the special theory of relativity.
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