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The General Theory of Relativity

 

The General Theory of Relativity is, as the name indicates, a generalization of the Special Theory of Relativity. It is certainly one of the most remarkable achievements of science to date, it was developed by Einstein with little or no experimental motivation but driven instead by philosophical questions: Why are inertial frames of reference so special? Why is it we do not feel gravity's pull when we are freely falling? Why should absolute velocities be forbidden but absolute accelerations by accepted?


 
Figure 7.1: Einstein
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Jose Wudka
9/24/1998