Why the General Theory of Relativity is not just for physicists

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General relativity is one of humanity’s greatest intellectual leaps. Special relativity, arguably, would have been discovered without Einstein. It was ripe for it. The speed of light had been measured to be constant in a vacuum, and the mathematics of the Lorentz transformations had already been developed. But general relativity – and the idea that gravity wasn’t a force but the curvature of the space-time continuum – wow, that was just crazy talk.

In his theory, Einstein describes an effect that we now call time dilation....
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationAustralia Science
PublisherThe Royal Institution of Australia Inc.
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • General Theory of Relativity
  • Einstein
  • engineering applications


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