general relativity

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Examples of general relativity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem is that general relativity is not general enough. Quanta Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 While quantum physics treats space and time as immutable, general relativity warps them for breakfast. Adam Becker, Scientific American, 20 Jan. 2022 And in this case, the process involved everything from out-of-date particle accelerators to one of the most exciting developments in general relativity, the detection of gravitational waves. Nature, 2022. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 June 2022 The first step is to understand that wormholes are totally legit in the mathematics of general relativity (GR). Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 18 May 2022 Clearly, ideas like quantum superposition conflict with general relativity, which has been integrated with the standard model of physics since Einstein first articulated it in the early 1900s. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 22 Apr. 2022 Another is Karl Schwarzschild, who was the first to find an exact solution to Einstein’s equations of general relativity, introducing the terrifying concept of the black hole. The Atlantic, 16 May 2022 Does the new image of Sgr A* reinforce your finding that, for now, Einstein’s theory of general relativity seems to do the best job of explaining how gravity operates throughout the universe? Corinne Purtillstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 The discovery of such a force could potentially resolve some of the biggest open questions in physics today, from the nature of dark energy to the seemingly irreconcilable differences between quantum mechanics and general relativity. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Scientific American, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of general relativity

1916, in the meaning defined above

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“General relativity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/general%20relativity. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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