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Basic concepts of Einstein's special theory of relativity
An explanation of Einstein's special theory of relativity.
# 115541 | 1,357 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2009 | IE
Published on Aug 02, 2009 in Physics (Relativity) , Physics (General)

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This paper describes and explains Einstein's theory of relativity - the single most influential physical theory of the 20th century. The author of this paper also adds the note that although many scientists have recently criticized Einstein's theory it has never been disproved. Additionally, the paper provides details of Einstein's paper 'On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies' in which he wrote about his special theory of relativity, which he derived from the laws of physics.

From the Paper:

"Einstein derived his theory from two postulates. The first was that the laws of physics are the same in all inertial reference frames. To accept this we have to accept that all laws of physics are comprised of the laws of mechanics, electromagnetic and optics. Before Einstein's theory absolute motion was accepted. Absolute motion is motion relative to a fixed point on the Earth's surface or to a fixed celestial point. This cannot be detected according to his postulate. As an example if you were sitting on a train that was moving with constant velocity, that had no windows and you had no equipment to measure its velocity, you couldn't prove if you were moving at all or at what velocity you were moving at. Motion is always measured relative to something else. In the case of the train relative to a train platform or some other stationary object. Because there is no absolute reference frame (no reference frame is preferred over any other), absolute motion cannot be determined. His second postulate states that the speed of light in a vacuum is equal to the value of c, independent of the motion of the source."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • J.C. Hafele and R. E. Keating, Science 177, 166
  • Physics- Cutnell and Johnson 7th ed- pg's 890-897
  • Fundamentals of physics- Halliday, Resnick and Walker 8th ed- pg's 1026-1033
  • Modern physics- Paul A. Tipler, Ralph A. Llewellyn pg's 11-44

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