The Meaning of Relativity: Including the Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field

The Meaning of Relativity: Including the Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field

The Meaning of Relativity: Including the Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field

The Meaning of Relativity: Including the Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field

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In the course of a single decade, Albert Einstein discovered special and then general relativity, and in so doing overturned the conceptions of space and time that our species had held for thousands of years. Even so, many of us, at least intuitively, still adhere to those disproved conceptions. We imagine space as an inert stage on which the events of the cosmos take place. We imagine time being recorded on a universal clock, ticking away in a identical manner here, and on Mars, and in the Andromeda galaxy, and everywhere else, regardless of differing environments and physical contexts. For most of us, the unchanging eternality of space and time is among the most basic features of existence. But to hold such beliefs is to hold to a pre-Einsteinian vision that is not only theoretically untenable but, as attested to by numerous experiments, demonstrably wrong.

As a professional physicist, it is easy to become inured to relativity. Whereas the equations of relativity were once startling statements fashioned within the language of mathematics, physicists have now written relativity into the very mathematical grammar of fundamental physics. Within this framework, properly formulated mathematical equations automatically take full account of relativity, and so by mastering a few mathematical rules one becomes technically fluent in Einstein’s discoveries. Nevertheless, even though relativity has been systematized mathematically, the vast majority of physicists would say that they still don’t “feel relativity in their bones.” I, for one, know . . .

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