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Mass as a Medium

Michael Munowitz

in Knowing

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195167375
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787104 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.003.0005
Mass as a Medium

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Newtonian mechanics is revisited in the light of Einsteinian relativity, and the repercussions shake physics to its core. Special relativity, by placing all inertial observers on the same footing, leads to the equivalence of mass and energy: E = mc2. General relativity, by granting the same rights to observers even in accelerated reference frames, leads to a revolutionary new theory of gravity: a force-free warping of space-time in the presence of mass.

Keywords: acceleration; general relativity; gravity; mass; mass-energy equivalence; observer; relativity; space-time; special relativity

Chapter.  11011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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