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Relativity: 300 years from a principle to reality

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posted on 04.06.2009 by Homer Rahnejat
This technical note provides a brief background to the historical developments that led to the generalization of Galileo's principle of relativity, leading to Einstein's general theory of relativity. Therefore, its primary purpose is to mark the contributions made in physics of motion on this occasion—the marking of the new Millennium. To keep with the tradition set in this journal, this note contains a new analysis in respect of reported super-luminal observations in gain-assisted light propagation, in particular vis-à-vis their concordance with the general theory of relativity. The incompleteness principle, as an axiom of observation, is introduced here to resolve this issue.

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Citation

RAHNEJAT, H., 2001. Relativity: 300 years from a principle to reality. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics, 215 (1), pp. 1-6

Publisher

Professional Engineering Publishing / © IMECHE

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2001

Notes

This article was published in the Journal, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics [© IMECHE]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.pepublishing.com/

ISSN

1464-4193

Language

en

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