special relativity


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Recent Examples on the Web In this vein, Weinberg reimagined quantum field theory from a different perspective, asserting the primacy of special relativity, quantum mechanics and the notion of particles as a starting point. Quanta Magazine, 12 Aug. 2021 Weinberg showed that special relativity and quantum mechanics put striking restrictions on the interactions of massless particles. Quanta Magazine, 12 Aug. 2021 Topics range from electricity to special relativity. Zekriah Chaudhry, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism, and of course quantum mechanics and Albert Einstein’s special relativity. Quanta Magazine, 24 June 2021 That's the key idea of Einstein's theory of special relativity. Rhett Allain, Wired, 2 Apr. 2021 In particular, Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2021 There are rules for how space and time transform in an observer-dependent fashion, and that was just in special relativity: for a Universe where gravitation didn’t exist. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 But the acceleration incurred by the traveler is incidental, and the paradox can be unraveled by special relativity alone. Ronald C. Lasky, Scientific American, 24 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of special relativity

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Special relativity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20relativity. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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