As a consequence of the Lorentz transformations, time and space transform into each other when changing reference frame. This calls for a unified description: Minkowski spacetime.

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Empty space and velocity

If there was a universe without anything in it except you in a space rocket how you would you know what your velocity if you kept the engine on?
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Is causality a total order?

I've read that it is physically not possible to violate causality defined as a total order on the spacetime graph. So I was wondering if at least causality can be broked down to a partial order and if ...
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See behind the black hole

Why in this video does the 2nd black hole appears to change size and appear larger the farther away it gets? How can you see behind it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENd8Sz0AFOk
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What is the basic concept of four-dimensions in physics?

I have been reading a few books lately and browsing the internet for an explanation on the concept of "four-dimensional" space (or, space-time, as some of them have been calling it). But, what those ...
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Are there continuous spacetime events?

What is the formal definition of an event? According to Wikipedia, "an event is a point in spacetime (that is, a specific place and time) and the physical situation or occurrence associated with it." ...
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Calculate the relativity of time of an event occurred in different frames

Imagine we have a train which is moving with a velocity and there's an observer inside of that train and there is an observer that is outside of the train observing the train moving. There's a ball ...
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Is presuming that any linear uniform motion is transformed into another one sufficient to assume that Lorentz transformation must be linear?

I've read this condition in a script: The Lorentz transformation must be linear because any uniform motion must be a uniform motion in any inertial frame. All other proofs that I've read so far need ...
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Time dilation: linear or exponential or other?

As you near the speed of light, time slows for you relative to the world around you. So you would be traveling at more than one hour per hour. Is the rate of time slowing for you linear or exponential ...
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Frame dragging in general relativity versus classical vorticity concepts

Can anyone please clarify what one means by a vorticity in Space-Time? I'm aware of the vorticity in Fluid Mechanics. Is it the same vorticity that appears in General Relativity? Is vorticity related ...
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Does spaghettification really happen with conditions found close to a black hole?

This website tries to explain why the term spaghettification doesn't actually occur when something gets close to a black hole. The argument of the author is that the equations we use to predict the ...
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On a graph, can the compositions of both the x and y variables involve the unit time?

Time seems to be so fundamental to the calculations that we make, that it seems to be at the core of everything we do. Indeed, this is not just philosophically true, time is very often the x axis, by ...
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Understanding the nature of metric tensor [closed]

The metric tensor for a flat spatial manifold gives us length on object, or separation between two space points. Similarly, $g_{\mu \lambda} dx{^\mu} dx{^\lambda}$ gives separation between two space ...
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How can the universe be flat?

Okay, so I just want to clarify a few things. According to what I have read, we have measured the universe to be flat, and the shape of the universe is directly related to the mass-energy density. ...
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Space: a vacuous void or an entity?

I am a chemist and, until recently, a senior Research Manager with a major chemical company. Please excuse the potentially naive ramblings of an idiot in what follows, but I do not have the ...
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Infinite halving of a distance

If an object is, say, 100 cm. from a wall, and I move the object halfway to the wall and stop, then the distance is reduced to 50 cm. If I continually move the object by one half of the remaining ...
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Is a black hole really a hole in space? [closed]

What if when a supernova occurs, instead of it condensing into a singularity it creates enough force to tear a hole into the fabric of space? Is a black hole just what is sounds like, a hole in space? ...
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Are a black hole really connecting 2 parallel universe?

What is beyond the point of singularity in a black hole and universe expands in all the 3 $x$, $y$ and $z$ axis? So how can one thing be on top of another when we don't know where the end point of ...
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What logic did Newton give in support of using relative spatial measurements? [closed]

The crux of space-time is that it is one thing to have abstract concepts of absolute space & time,and it is other thing to describe the actual motion of an object in terms of measured changes of ...
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Spacetime Metrics and Quantifying Length of a Spacetime Curve

On page 247 in Gravitation by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, they state: "No metric means no way to quantify length; nevertheless, parallel transport gives a way to compare length!" Three questions: ...
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Higgs field and the null geodesic

How does coupling to the Higgs field take a particle with a spacetime interval of zero and give it a non-zero value, i.e, how does it move it off the null geodesic? [of course, the Higgs field is ...
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Timelike curves in Special Relativity

I have a question that probably might sound silly to most of you. We know that a natural Lorentz-invariant parametrization of a timelike curve is provided by: $$\tau$$ the Lorentz-invariant proper ...
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Can someone explain effects of time dilation on expansion of universe [duplicate]

I'm not a physics guy, but this is something I have always wondered about. If a clock flown by an object of high mass runs slower, what is the effect of this in regards to the density of the universe. ...
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Is proper time an intrinsic value of Minkowski space?

What is proper time? Is it a part of Minkowski space (that is a mere spacetime interval)? Or is it an intrinsic characteristic of massive particles (a sort of "aging")? Example: In the following ...
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Space distance between observers and Lorentz transformation

I'm not a specialist of Lorentz transformation. I would like to know if the Lorentz transformation from one observer to another preserves the space distance between these two observers. Example ...
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Is there no fourth dimension (time) in the universe? [closed]

In this article (and numerous others) http://phys.org/news/2011-04-scientists-spacetime-dimension.html and http://www.rebelscience.org/Crackpots/notorious.htm they suggest that there is no time ...
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Why could you not travel back in the time before a tipler cylinder is created?

Is it because the lightcones are not tipped all the way over in which the time axis points downwards?
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Understanding emergent phenomena in the block universe. (Reworded question)

Each person exists as an unchanging 4D worldtube in the block universe. At each slice of the worldtube there is a present, past and future. However, there is a black box* which appears to exist in ...
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How does someone move space?

I've heard that we've known components of the universe appear to be flying apart faster than $c$, and that this can happen because the space containing these materials are also moving apart. How does ...
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Do photons see shorter distances due to space contraction?

I may be wrong, but this is just what I've heard. People often talk about what would happen if we, humans, were able to make a spaceship travel at the speed of light. If I'm not mistaken, then we ...
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Can light exist without spacetime?

Since the medium in which light propagates is spacetime, would light be able to exist if spacetime did not exist? Is this like one of those chicken/egg problems, or can light be thought of as a ...
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What is the link between the metric signature of spacetime and fundamental field equations?

The signature of Minkowski spacetime is 2, as is explained here: metric signature explanation. The signature is related to the form the fundamental equations take, but I'm not totally clear on the ...
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Is the spacetime interval between the Big Bang and a given event dependent only on the time component?

My thinking is this - at the time closest to the Big Bang when physics doesn't break down, the universe would have had a volume that was still very close to zero. If that were so, wouldn't the space ...
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Time dilation at the speed of light

Does a massless particle travelling at the speed on light in a vacuum (c) experience an infinite time dilation effect? i.e. Would the time dilation extend from the perspective of the massless ...
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Is relativistic motion equivalent to fluctuating gravitational fields?

The theory of relativity makes very precise predictions about how an object's motion through space-time affects the passage of time for both the object and observers in other frames of reference. I ...
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When are we now? Time coordinate system [closed]

The Second and the metre are well defined. We have those units available. Of course units are meant to express measurement, tools to compare with precision, and interchange that information ...
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If black hole is a “hole”, how can its position be pinpointed from every position in universe? [closed]

Ok, this is going to sound lame but, here goes: When we say that a black hole is situated at a distance of 1 light year(let) FROM EARTH, that means it may situated at a distance of 100 light years ...
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Can electrons escape a black hole?

Assuming that when an electron that changes energy states in an atom, and moves to a different orbit around the nucleus, but does not move through the space between orbits when it changes states, an ...
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Has there been any analysis on LIGO data looking for a 24 hour frequency?

The reason I ask this is because it seems like it would be a simple analysis to run with all the data we have and it would tell us if the land-based LIGO detectors pick up anything depending on our ...
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Does Inertial time dilation demonstrate that Time is not a dimension? [duplicate]

If time is a dimension and 'now' simply an expression of your position with respect to that dimension, the progress of any object along that dimension should remain in step with all other objects. By ...
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What would have been the story of the Universe if there was no mechanism to produce massive fundamental baryonic particles? [duplicate]

Thanks for those of you who took their time answering my problem but it seems that there is a misunderstanding between us. Most answers are based on the assumption of Electroweak symmetry breaking ...
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3 points in space, relative motion, and the speed of light

I'm new to thinking about relativity, as well as phenomena related to the speed of light, time dilation, length contraction, simultaneity, etc. I am pondering a paradox. Assumptions: Motion is ...
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How do you know what kind of space(time) you have when solving the Einstein Field Equations?

I'm experimenting with the EFE, and I ''invented'' a metric; a diagonal non-zero metric, and I discovered that the Riemann tensors are equal to zero which implies the Einstein tensor $G_{mn}$ equals ...
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What dictates the rate in which time passes? [closed]

I understand that special relativity tells us that our perception of the passage of time can change depending on reference frames. But why does time pass the rate at which it does in my reference ...
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How is light used to measure the change in time caused by gravity?

Is the following analogy correct, if not- what changes are necessary to correct it? Let's consider a guy riding on a photon with a clock, and every time his clock ticks he paints a dot. Let's also ...
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Time Travel possibility and Paradoxes of The Past [duplicate]

can one travel back in time and if not so, what laws prevent time travel to the past. this is quite a challenge to understand.
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What if--the universe is closed and very small? [duplicate]

Closed--you can come back to where you started by going all the way in one direction. Very small--the expansion of the universe, if inevitable, will not be able to prohibit this kind of round-about ...
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Geometry of spacetime and spinor bilinears

In this paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.0247) p.20, the author says in the section titled Geometry of spacetime the following: In order to obtain the spacetime geometry, we consider the spinor ...
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Bigger Galaxies = Faster Clocks [closed]

There are in all about 100 known galaxies with blueshifts out of the billions of galaxies in the observable universe. We have Blue-shifted galaxies are in our own local group, and are all bound to ...
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Is the hypothesis “at some level, spacetime becomes discrete” falsifiable?

Suppose I conjectured that, at some length scale, spacetime was discretized into "cells", Minecraft-style. For simplicity, I guess let's say they're cubes with side length $n$. Presumably we can put ...
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F=ma is true in an accelerating coordinate system [closed]

There are plenty of similar topics about the physical or intuitive meaning of the equivalence principle or statement such as ''laws of physics are true in every frame of reference''. Usually answers ...