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Recent Examples on the Web Mathematical models such as quantum mechanics and general relativity work, extraordinarily well. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Is the Schrödinger Equation True?," 7 Jan. 2021 The results, astronomers said, would help clarify how black holes work their violent magic, further test the predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity and perhaps shed light on the origin of cosmic rays. New York Times, "What Do You Call a Bunch of Black Holes: A Crush? A Scream?," 22 Apr. 2021 That paradox distills the fundamental conflict between general relativity and quantum mechanics, the two great pillars of 20th-century physics. Quanta Magazine, "In Violation of Einstein, Black Holes Might Have ‘Hair’," 11 Feb. 2021 His years of studying general relativity and particle physics didn’t give him any special insight into the nature of artificial intelligence, the need for space travel, or the desirability of contacting alien species, for example. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, "Eclipsed by Fame," 13 Apr. 2021 The Alcubierre drive conforms to Einstein’s theory of general relativity to achieve superluminal travel. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "The World Just Moved Even Closer to a Real, Working Warp Drive," 12 Mar. 2021 Ever since Einstein unveiled his theory of general relativity, scientists have been sussing out the deep connection between gravity and time. Washington Post, "Eyehategod’s high-gravity metal can connect you to the heavens," 12 Mar. 2021 Another angle on updating general relativity is called sequestration, proposed by Padilla and his colleagues. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "The Cosmological Constant Is Physics’ Most Embarrassing Problem," 1 Feb. 2021 Rival research groups’ computer codes are now agreeing on how supernova shock waves evolve, while simulations have advanced so far that even the effects of Einstein’s notoriously intricate general relativity are being included. Quanta Magazine, "Secret Ingredient Found to Power Supernovas," 21 Jan. 2021

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