Origin of relativity
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Contemporary Examples of relativity
Bob Dylan makes the theory of relativity worth caring about at all: he is a seer.Bob Dylan: Why We Can Never Know Him
November 9, 2013
Relativity has already cast a gang of little people as their seven dwarfs, and there are no household names there.Rival Studios In 'Snow White' Face-Off
June 2, 2011
Lionsgate dropped out, but Ryan Kavanaugh of Relativity Media stepped in.Inside Lorne Michaels' Bubble
May 11, 2010
Historical Examples of relativity
And he extends this relativity to the conceptions of just and good, as well as to great and small.Sophist
Relativity of importance is the second factor of good organization.College Teaching
That was the ultimate in relativity: Energy is proportionate to matter.Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
Relativity of all knowledge, Hamilton's doctrine of, 229-236.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
The relativity of Death will now have become sufficiently obvious.Natural Law in the Spiritual World
1834, "fact or condition of being relative" (apparently coined by Coleridge, of God, in "Notes on Waterland's Vindication of Christ's Divinity"), from relative (adj.) + -ity. In scientific use, connected to the theory of Albert Einstein (1879-1955), published 1905 (special theory of relativity) and 1915 (general theory of relativity), but the word was used in roughly this sense by J.C. Maxwell in 1876.
The “special theory of relativity” is based on the principle of special relativity, which states that all observers moving at constant velocities with respect to each other should find the same laws of nature operating in their frames of reference. It follows from this principle that the speed of light would have to appear to be the same to every observer. The theory predicts that moving clocks will appear to run slower than stationary ones (see time dilation), that moving objects will appear shorter and heavier than stationary ones, and that energy and mass are equivalent (see E = mc2). There is abundant experimental confirmation of these predictions.
The general theory of relativity is the modern theory of gravitation, proposed in 1915, also by Albert Einstein. The central point of the theory is the principle of general relativity, which states that all observers, regardless of their state of motion, will see the same laws of physics operating in the universe. The most famous prediction of the theory is that light rays passing near the sun will be bent — a prediction that has been well verified.