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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How confident are we that we live in a universe that has at least a 4th spatial dimension?

Modern pop culture would have us believe that there is such a thing as the 4th spatial dimension. And yes it's easily shown that $n$ dimensions is possible using math alone and 3 just happens to be ...
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Can multiple timelines exist according to theoretical physics? [closed]

Multiple timelines is not a reality yet (as of 2016's science and technology), but exists only in Marvel/DC universe. It is something that is used to explain the paradox of time-travel. If you go back ...
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What does “spacetime becomes dominated by quantum effects” mean exactly?

I have read about Planck length on wikipedia. In some forms of quantum gravity, the Planck length is the length scale at which the structure of spacetime becomes dominated by quantum effects, ...
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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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Gravity spacetime visualization [duplicate]

When gravity spacetime is visualized, it's a sag with the lowest point in the middle of the planet/star as you can see here: For all planets and stars, there is zero G in the core due to that the ...
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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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Can an event occur before or after the other one depending on what frame of reference we are in?

Two buses moving relative to each other with 30% the speed of light (4 light-min apart). Now by some mysterious way bus 1 comes to the knowledge that after 3 min-bus 2 time bus 2 is going to explode. ...
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How do I describe the order of events in spacetime?

In Newtonian mechanics, we have 3-space and time. Time allows us to order events. For example, I hold a ball in the air at time $t_0$. Then I drop it at some later time $t_1 > t_0$. Finally it hits ...
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Why can't gravitational force have repulsive counter part?

The valleys in the space-time curvature signifies the existence of an attractive body which causes the curvature. So why can't we say that the hills in the fabric of space-time is a source of ...
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Time dilation and freefall (follow up and simplification) [closed]

A person is four miles up in the atmosphere, and freefalls towards earth. Another person is standing on earth, watching them come down. During this period of freefall, which person experiences more ...
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When is a circle not a circle?

Imagine a 2D uniform circular motion of constant magnitude but changing direction in an area of zero g. The forces will be equal all the way round - it will be a perfect circle. Now imagine the same ...
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How can the past, the present and the future coexist at the same time? [closed]

We all heard it many times, the theory of Time suggest it is parallel rather than being linear. This leaves the door opened for alternate realities and well, immortality. However, even after reading ...
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Black hole merger orbital speed

If a ship is close to a black hole and we see it getting slower to the point if could see them not for red shift would almost stop moving. Then how fast is the little black hole moving in this video? ...
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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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Spacetime as a coset of a symmetry group

In the introduction to his nice PNAS paper on symmetry, David Gross said Einstein’s great advance in 1905 was to put symmetry first, to regard the symmetry principle as the primary feature of ...
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Proper time and asymptotic flatness

I'm trying to understand the concept of asymptotic flatness in general relativity, and came up with the following question: If the proper time $\tau$ is infinite for a timelike geodesic, does it mean ...
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Acceleration in Space

Lets assume a body with a certain mass is in a region of space that has zero $g$ (or pretty close to zero $g$). Would acceleration in a straight line produce $g$-forces? Would that mass acquire ...
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Is there a fundamental frequency of time? [duplicate]

Our eyes and brains can only perceive frequencies as individual frames up to some limit, after which we perceive the motion to be "continuous." Is there such a frequency of time? Along the same ...
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Relative motion of an arbitrary volume of space ( is space static or dynamic?) [closed]

Do physicists consider space as being "static" or "dynamic" ? Hi I asked a question about whether space can move, and from the answer, I realized I was not precise enough and did not actually ask ...
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How does bending in space-time caused by mass energy translate into acceleration of object? [duplicate]

Let say we have 2 similar apples separated by a distance apart, just their mass energy alone is sufficient to cause bending in the space-time. I think it is this bending in the space-time that cause ...
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Is there any reason (other than convenience) to assume the universe is paracompact?

In this discussion on MathOverflow, it is mentioned that the universe, being a Riemannian manifold, must be paracompact. But is there any reason to assume the universe is globally 'small enough'? In ...
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What allows us to assume spacetime is flat when no normal matter is present?

Dark matter causes a bend in spacetime. We see this through gravitational lensing. But what allows us to assume spacetime is flat when no normal matter is present? Why can't we say that dark matter ...
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Is time created by movement through a higher dimensional object? [closed]

In a comment I read on this page, someone mentions a theory where time is created by moving through and slicing "moments" of a higher dimensional object. For analogy, a 2-D creature living on a plane ...
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What is the deep reason of length contractions and time dilations? [duplicate]

In the theory of relativity, a spacetime can have length contractions or length expansions and time can have time dilations or expansions. In theory of special relativity, any physical object with ...
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Length Contraction and Acceleration [duplicate]

Say that I have a spaceship that needs to travel 490 lightyears to the exoplanet Kepler 186f. Half the way of the trip the spaceship accelerates with a constant acceleration of 1G and on the other ...
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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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What determines time flow? (arrow of time) [closed]

I've been reading up on the arrow of time and there is one thing that is being omitted from every explanation that I've found: time flow. I am rewording this question to make it clearer. From the ...
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Special Relativity and Space travel [closed]

I'm doing a science project on space travel where I have to include a part about special relativity and how time acts when you're traveling in space with high speed. I'm not really sure where to start ...
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Why quantum fluctuation existed before big bang?

I read somewhere that quantum fluctuation can give rise to a big bang and thus the creation of a universe which we know today, where do these quantum fluctuations come from if space is only created ...
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do we live in 3.5 dimension? [closed]

After watching interstellar movie i came to know that time is 4th dimension and watch some videos and read articles which says there is there is around 10 dimension(11 also). As x,y,z are 3 dimension ...
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If spacetime is discrete: what would space expansion mean? [closed]

How is space expansion explained in physical theories where spacetime is quantized? Discrete spacetime is claimed in some candidate theories of quantum gravity like loop quantum gravity and algebraic ...
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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 ...
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Can you shine a laser on an object that has fallen into a black hole? [duplicate]

I've been having a small back and forth on another website about the nature of objects that fall into black holes. I know that they never reach the event horizon from the perspective of a distant ...
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Looking out from the inside of an Alcubierre bubble

Disregarding the difficulties in achieving a warp "bubble" as per Alcubierre's theoretical warp drive, as far as I understand it the geometry of the spacetime that arises is mathematically sound. ...
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Do small objects really exert a gravitional force? [duplicate]

StackExchange articles such as "What is gravity and what causes objects to act against it" seem to state that the gravitational force is only exerted by very large celestial objects that bend the ...
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If space is “expanding” in itself - why then is there redshift?

The "kid's" way of understanding the expanding universe is that: "space" is totally "ordinary", and all the galaxies are expanding through it (like an explosion). Of course, that's wrong. The usual ...
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Size of the universe from CMB?

The CMB is almost 13.8 billion light years away in every direction so the diameter of the visible universe as we actually observe it is 27.6 billion light years, twice the distance light traveled over ...
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What does “the fabric of space and time” actually mean? [closed]

I've heard the term "the fabric of space and time" in both physics and science fiction, and although I know it has something to do with general relativity, I don't understand what, specifically, ...
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Question about Gravitational Deflection of Light

I was wondering if deflecting light around two black holes or more would cause light to come back to the original spot. Such as if light from today traveled near a black hole so it was deflected 50° ...
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Gravity: Why Do things fall to Earth? [duplicate]

If gravity is in reality spacetime geometry why when I drop an object on the surface of the Earth does it fall to the ground? Does spacetime push it?
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How does “curved space” explain gravitational attraction? [duplicate]

They say that gravity is technically not a real force and that it's caused by objects traveling a straight path through curved space, and that space becomes curved by mass, giving the illusion of a ...
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Which tensor describes curvature in 4D spacetime?

I heard these two statements which don't work together (in my mind): In 4D spacetime the curvature is encoded within the Riemann tensor. He holds all the information about curvature in spacetime. ...
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What would be seen when a ship is accelerated to relativistic speeds and back down? [duplicate]

Consider this scenario: Two identical space ships, the SS Observer and the SS Accelerator. Each ship is indestructible and contains an indestructible clock. They begin positioned 1 light-day away ...
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Questions arising from the presentation of “Schild's ladder” in “Gravitation” (Misner, Thorne, Wheeler)

MTW, p. 248, presents a description of "Schild's ladder" construction which I quote here extensively enough for referencing some subsequent questions. A. Transport any sufficiently short stretch ...
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Spacetime curvature effect on chemistry

Do current chemistry / astrophysics / stellar chemistry calculations include the effects of the curvature of spacetime on chemical reactions? For example, the heat transfer from a point closer to the ...
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Relativistic explanation of Radiation

I ask this question again in a simpler, shorter form. Maxwell's equations can be derived with Special relativity starting from the Coulomb's law. Therefore all the phenomena of classical ...
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Fixed background theories which feature lorentz invariance?

Are there fixed background theories that also display lorentz invariance? Could be with lorentz invariance being true only approximately at some limit... Realized we can still arrive at time-dilation ...
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What would be seen if a firing laser is accelerated to relativistic speeds then back?

Consider this scenario: Two identical space ships, the SS Observer and the SS Accelerator. Each ship is spherical with a band of mirrored material around the outside and contains a green laser. They ...
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Turbulent spacetime from Einstein equation?

It is well known that the fluid equations (Euler equation, Navier-Stokes, ...), being non-linear, may have highly turbulent solutions. Of course, these solutions are non-analytical. The laminar flow ...