special relativity


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Compare this with the ground rules, or axioms, of Einstein’s theory of special relativity, which was as revolutionary in its way as quantum mechanics. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Theory Rebuilt From Simple Physical Principles," 30 Aug. 2017 Since special relativity is based on standard mathematical assumptions of continuity, this is not surprising. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Is Infinity Real?’," 30 June 2016 Soon after special relativity, French physicist Louis de Broglie proposed another revolutionary theory. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018 Las Vegas was founded the year Einstein formulated his theory of special relativity. BostonGlobe.com, "15 things to love and 11 things to loathe about Boston," 2 July 2019 General relativity grew out of Einstein’s theory of special relativity, which describes how the speed of light (in a vacuum) can always be constant. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How to Understand Einstein's Theory of Gravity," 24 May 2019 But such a phenomenon should be impossible, because Einstein’s theory of special relativity shows that no influence can propagate faster than light. Quanta Magazine, "Real-Life Schrödinger’s Cats Probe the Boundary of the Quantum World," 25 June 2018 The possibility of time travel stems from Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity, which, loosely speaking, describes the relationship between space and time. Popular Mechanics, "Will We Ever Be Able to Time Travel Into the Past?," 24 Dec. 2018 Scientists started to abandon aether theory, and in its wake, an alternative model was proposed: Einstein’s theory of special relativity. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018

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