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Einstein, Gravity - And a Problem

Einstein, Gravity - And a Problem

Special Relativity (SR) is a special case of General Relativity (GR).

But let’s do a bit of pondering..

Einstein’s decision to generalize SR to include accelerated motion was probably one of the greatest ideas in physics, because gravity suddenly “appeared”. I often wonder if Einstein was surprised by this or did he see it coming?

The idea that at any given point in space “gravity and acceleration are the same thing” has to be one of the most profound insights ever.

Of course, space is an emergent property of some much deeper quantum mechanical system, but Einstein was a classical physicist, so he did not have to worry about that.

Content written and posted by Ken Abbott