general relativity

noun

Examples of general relativity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web English astronomer Arthur Eddington’s eclipse expedition of 1919 proved Einstein’s theory of general relativity beyond a shadow of a doubt. John Penner, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 In 1919, observations of a solar eclipse allowed scientists to test Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity, known as general relativity. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Mar. 2024 But what if general relativity, our best theory of gravity, breaks down somehow over very large distances? Michael D. Lemonick, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2024 That put him in the awkward position of having to undo the unification of time and space, a key achievement of Einstein’s general relativity. Adam Frank, Discover Magazine, 12 July 2023 Basically, there’s Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity (which made a tiny but far-reaching correction to Isaac Newton’s concept of gravity), and there’s quantum mechanics. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2024 In Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which casts gravitational attraction as objects following curves in space-time, the energy-momentum tensor tells space-time how to bend. Quanta Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 These unseen dimensions lend rigor to string theory by supplementing the four dimensions—three of space and one of time—described in Einstein’s general relativity. Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, 28 June 2023 Quantum theory typically deals with the universe in tiny chunks, or quanta, while general relativity takes the cosmos to be continuous even at the smallest scales. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 19 Aug. 2023

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First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of general relativity was in 1916

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