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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Does the curvature of spacetime theory assume gravity?

Whenever I read about the curvature of spacetime as an explanation for gravity, I see pictures of a sheet (spacetime) with various masses indenting the sheet to form "gravity wells." Objects which are ...
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Questions about “geodesic path” and “arc length of a geodesic path” in the context of GTR and “Lorentzian manifolds”

I'd like to check my understanding of the notions "geodesic path" and "arc length of a geodesic path" in the context of GTR and "Lorentzian manifolds". Considering a set of "spacetime events", ...
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Quantum physics and constructable numbers [duplicate]

I do not know much about quantum physics. However, I do know it believes the world is discrete ( has quanta). This seems to contradicts the fact that we can create an object of length root 2 since you ...
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How can extra (non-curled up) dimensions be hidden from us?

Wikipedia says: If extra dimensions exist, they must be hidden from us by some physical mechanism. One well-studied possibility is that the extra dimensions may be "curled up" at such tiny ...
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Is there an exact formal definition of the Universe?

I've read several articles about observable Universe, Universe and Hubble volume, including Wikipedia article and references on it, and I wondered: Is there a formal, rigorous definition in physics of ...
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Questions about MTW's “thousand” tests of the Einstein principle

In Misner, Thorne, Wheeler (henceforth written as "MTW"), "Gravitation", Box 16.4, there's an experimental setup construction (or method) presented by which "Each geodesic clock is constructed and ...
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Are all galaxies we see really our Milky Way? Any possibility?

There is a possibility for our universe to be the surface volume of a (higher-dimensional) hyperspace. So if this possibility is true,then is there also a possibility that the other galaxies we see ...
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Why is space (almost) flat? Is it because masses are approximately homogeneously distributed? [duplicate]

The question I have is: Why is space (almost perfectly) flat in our neighbourhood? (I am disregarding the deviations due to the sun and the planets.) Is it correct to say that space is (almost) flat ...
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How does Einstein's gravity work? [duplicate]

I'm a chemistry student interested in physics. Hope the question doesn't sound funny. As opposed to Newton's gravity, which doesn't explain how gravity works, Einstein explained gravity as a result ...
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Is my diagram of spacetime curvature valid (relatively)?

I've been wracking my brain trying to understand what "curved spacetime" really is, and I think replacing one dimension with the time dimension then drawing the world-lines through time was the "aha!" ...
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What evidence is there of a universe older than 13.8 billion years

I've read an analogy that finding iron-rich galaxies just 900 years after the Big Bang is like finding an old man in a crib in a nursery. We just recently found a supermassive black hole 12 billion ...
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Hubble's law and conservation of energy

If all distances are constantly increasing, as Hubble's law say, then lots of potential energies of form ~$\frac{1}{r}$ changes, so how is the total energy of the Universe conserved with Hubble's ...
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Does the existence of instantons imply non-trivial cohomology of spacetime?

Gauge theories are considered to live on $G$-principal bundles $P$ over the spacetime $\Sigma$. For convenience, the usual text often either compactify $\Sigma$ or assume it is already compact. An ...
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Is it valid to apply Einstein's Relativity to scenarios involving expansion of space?

IIs it valid to apply Einstein's Relativity to scenarios involving expansion of space? For a practical example of this: Is it legitimate to speak of distant red-shift galaxies as experiencing time ...
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Is space “real”, or is it some sort of accepted postulate?

What is space? It seems to be everywhere in the equations of physics, as some sort of postulate or hidden hypothesis. We also have a direct experience of it, but is it "real"? The fact that we ...
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Can a sufficiently large black hole be singularity-free?

This came to me after reading that a black-hole that has the mass of the observable universe will also have an event horizon that covers the observable universe. Since the definition of a black hole ...
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Problem in special relativity [closed]

Einstein discarded the notion of Newtonian relativistic mechanics and adapted the Minkowski to formulate the special theory of relativity. In his theory we can see that combined space and time to ...
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Even the universe is infinite, it could keep expanding? [closed]

the study showed Cantor, that there are infinite types, the universe would be expanding as well as the possibility of Stephen Hawking. http://phys.org/news/2015-02-big-quantum-equation-universe.html
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How do we know the expansion of the universe is “of space” and not “in space” or “into space” or another less intuitive arrangement?

How do we know the expansion of the universe is "of space" and not "in space" or "into space" or another less intuitive arrangement? For example, what implicit and explicit assumptions underlie the ...
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Time dilation at zero velocity (and zero gravity)

From what I've learned, the more an object travels closer and closer to the speed of light, the more time will slow down for that object.. at least from an outside perspective.. It was shown that ...
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Why does the thought experiment of a photon bouncing of a mirror imply anything for other objects?

Okay, so I am reading a book, "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene, which talks about motion and its effect on time. Greene makes the point that time changes with motion by saying that if you have ...
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How can the universe by infinite when it has known start and finite time since? [duplicate]

Just watched the 'How Big is the Universe?' TV program and it indicated that the universe is believed to be infinite in size. They used an approach involving measuring the internal angles of ...
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Is the Big Bang instant considered a beginning of all the coordinates of our universe? [duplicate]

Is the Big Bang instant considered a beginning of all the coordinates of our universe? If we consider the BB to be the Beginning of of our universe, can we call this the Origin of all of the 3 ...
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What is Minkowski spacetime?

I was browsing through an article on spacetime when I caught the words Minkowski Spacetime. A Wikipedia search brought me an article too complex for me to totally understand. So what is Minkowski ...
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Why is spacetime not Riemannian?

I apologize if this is a naïve question. I'm a mathematician with, essentially, no upper-level physics knowledge. From the little I've read, it seems that spacetime is Lorentzian. Unfortunately, the ...
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What it would look like to observe people with a different time flows?

As I learned, that the bigger gravity source you are influenced by the more slow time ticks for you, the farther away you are from a gravity source the faster times ticks. So Imagine two different ...
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Can surrounding masses influence the speed of time (excluding the time dilation due to gravity)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev9zrt__lec @6:22-7:22 If you removed the middle and front spaceships, will the time of the last spaceship flow differently? As this is what it appears to suggest.
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Why is space 3 dimensional and could it be different? [duplicate]

Is there any particular physical law or property which caused space to be 3 dimensional, and is there theoretical possibility of having more or less dimensions in physical space?
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Do past and future exist? [closed]

Ok, first thing I want to say is that I'm a layman. No high school math background whatsoever, so I'd be greatful if you could provide an explanation without equations. Now I'm quite interested in ...
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Do clocks really measure time?

Each time I listen to this quote from The man from Earth, I'm absolutely intrigued: Dan: Time... you can't see it, you can hear it, you can't weigh it, you can't... measure it in a laboratory. It ...
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Spacetime geometry around two black holes

For space-time geometry we all know images like he one below. But if I were to take a neutron star and put it right next to but not touching a black hole what effect would that have on the geometry of ...
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About a *center of the universe* [duplicate]

I understand that the history of our universe began with an explosion - the Big Bang. Now, I saw a comment in some old post, that "the universe has no center". Is that true? If there was initially a ...
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How would an observer distinguish between space and time in a “Lineland” universe?

Note: "Lineland" here is borrowed from the Flatland novella. If you were placed as an observer inside a "Lineland" universe, i.e. a Minkowski spacetime that has one space dimension and one time ...
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How come some people are claiming that the Big Bang never happened?

A news story is going viral on social media networks claiming that two physicists have found a way to eliminate the Big Bang singularity, or in layman's terms (as claimed by many sensationalist news ...
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Einsteins gravity Space time

I'm having a difficulty in understanding Einstein's version of gravity as "space time curvature" (I could be a total physics idiot, please point out !). How does an object on the surface of earth ...
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Is it better to define the observable universe as the universe?

This is somewhat triggered by this question: It's established that universal energy is not constant. But is the net change positive or negative? When I say entire universe, is that equivalent to ...
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Could there be a time dilation of 2,000,000x between Earth and other parts of the universe?

Don't ask me why, but you may be able to guess why I would ask such a question. The question is, what kind of conditions would have to be present in a universe in order for billions of years pass in ...
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Could the gravitional pull of all the travelling photons “relativistic mass” in our galaxy explain “dark matter”? [duplicate]

Does that make sense mathematically? If we could sum up all the photons in-transit in our galaxy and calculate the total gravitational pull, could it provide an alternate explanation instead of ...
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What is the role of the spacetime algebra?

For Minkowski space $M^4=\mathbb{R}^{1,3}$ the Clifford algebra $Cl_{1,3}$ (Dirac algebra) with $\{\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu \}=2 g^{\mu \nu}$ is sometimes called "spacetime algebra". What is its ...
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Space-Time and Entropic gravity [closed]

Gravity warps space-time, and Gravity can be thought of as Entropy. (Entropic gravity) So, as spacetime expands, how is space-time Entropy (or the inverse of gravity) effected? (If this is a noob ...
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If a point r lies in the boundary of the chronological future of another point p, why does the chronological future of r belong to that of p?

I am studying the global causality of the spacetime. Here, I come across a problem. Suppose a point $r\in \partial I^+(p)$. $I^+(p)$ is the chronological future of a different point $p$ in ...
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Measuring speed of an object relative to what? [duplicate]

I understand that everything in the universe is moving through spacetime and the spacetime vector is equal for all the objects. So if If something is moving at speed of light, the mass of it is zero ...
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What does it mean to divide space and time?

Goldstein's mechanics book, on the chapter on relativistic mechanics says that "We cannot assume that all observers make the same division into time and space in the same way." What does it mean to ...
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Why do we theorize that the Big Bang created space? [duplicate]

I just asked this astronomy question about how far away the light is that would show us the beginning of time, the Big Bang. Some answers claim that the light I ask about doesn't exist, because "The ...
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Is a spinor in some sense connected to space?

Spinors transform under the representation of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ which is the double cover of the Lorentz group $SO(1,3)$ - or in the non-relativistic case under $SU(2)$, the double cover of $SO(3)$. ...
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The creation of time in the early universe

I have seen roger Penrose video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM47acQ7pEQ. In it explains that time origins are related to the rise of mass in the early universe. In the video it relates mass from ...
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Theories that predict the number of space-time dimensions

My impression in that most theories assume three spatial dimensions and one temporal dimension, though could in principle be formulated in others numbers of dimensions without inconsistencies. I know, ...
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Gravity: Is there curved space besides curved spacetime?

Wikipedia: Curved spaces play an essential role in General Relativity where gravity is often visualized as curved space. Is the Wikipedia article "curved space" talking about curved space or ...
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Does the curvature of spacetime by gravity affect homogeneity and isotropy of the space of the universe?

The FLRW metric starts with the assumption of homogeneity and isotropy of space.(Wikipedia) FLRW metrics of the universe have no or only very weak curvature - It is curved space. In contrast, ...
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Can two distinct events occur at precisely the same moment in time?

I am writing a simulation and am having difficulty resolving the order in which two distinct forces occur. The simulation will give different results if the forces are applied to the state in ...