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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Gravitational waves in other dimensions

I know this question is purely speculative, as we don't know if more dimensions do exist and also we do not know if gravity is indeed stronger in other dimensions (if they were to exist). But, one of ...
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What spacelike, timelike and lightlike really mean?

Suppose we have two events $(x_1,y_1,z_1,t_1)$ and $(x_2,y_2,z_2,t_2)$, then we can define $$\Delta s^2 = -(c\Delta t)^2 + \Delta x^2 + \Delta y^2 + \Delta z^2$$ which is called the spacetime ...
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Calculating speed in four dimensions [on hold]

If you are moving at $c$ in 3D space and $c$ in time axis too, What would be your total speed? Edit: Since question has been voted to be closed, I shall make an Edit. In 4D world all objects move ...
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Is time an observable in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics?

Relativistic Quantum Mechanic is based, as far as I know, in the Dirac Equation. Now, the Schrödinger equation, in the abstract state space takes the form: $$i\hbar ...
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The path that a light beam takes in empty space

First excuse me if this question is very simple for you but for me and for my friend is not. Recently we were discussing what path a light beam will follow in a box moving at a constant velocity in ...
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Speed of gravitational waves and light

We all know that speed of gravitational waves (GW) and that of light in space are exactly the same (= $c$). We also know that space is medium for GW. Does that mean space is also the medium for ...
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Trouble understanding spacetime and invariant interval

First, how is the invariant interval useful? How can it help us understand things around us in the universe? Second, I know that they changed time into space or better say SPACETIME in order to ...
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Physical interpretation of distances

Suppose we have a universe with only two distinguishable particles, neglecting gravitation. These particles start off next to each-other, ostensibly "touching" each-other and at rest. If it takes ...
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Is proper time a vector?

Proper time is identical with the spacetime interval of a timelike movement. A spacetime interval is the dot product of two vectors and thus a scalar. Proper time however is always pointing exactly ...
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What is at the centre of the universe? [duplicate]

If the big bang theory is correct then shouldn't there be an expanding mass at the centre of the universe. A black hole or something of that nature?
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Does an object creates gravitational waves when only accelerating in one direction?

I know from reading about the gravitational waves detected by Ligo, that when an object has angular acceleration, it produces gravitational waves. I'm wondering if an object creates gravitational ...
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If an astronaut had stationed in International Space Station for the duration of mission, 17 years, would he be older?

Today the NASA International Space Station started the 100000 orbit after 17 years in the space. I just wonder if there were a team of astronauts which were in the Lab for all the duration of last 17 ...
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Stretching of spacetime

If spacetime is being stretched because of dark energy and dark matter, than, wont the sinks of gravity be filled up? For example, you have a square sheet of fabric(spacetime) and four people are ...
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Spacetime surgery - why are there unglueable points?

In The time travel paradox by S. Krasnikov (2002), Deutsch-Politzer spacetime is constructed by making two cuts and rejoining the manifold by gluing opposite "banks" of the cuts... omitting the ...
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Can wormholes transfer fire to a different place or time, when it is made stable? [closed]

Can a wormhole transfer fire? I have tried searching the answer but I couldn't find it. Mostly all wormholes collapse so quickly that not even light can make through it; but a wormhole can be made ...
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Energy of a particle as measured by an observer at infinity

I'm wondering if it is possible to make a definition for the energy of a particle as measured by an observer at infinity. I've looked through Wald for this but wasn't able to find anything - I may be ...
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Is matter shrinking rather than,or additionally to, the universe expanding? [duplicate]

If the universe came into existence in nothing, then shouldn't the spaces between the smallest elements of matter be filled with nothing? Then shouldn't the primarily attractive forces of the universe ...
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The universe flat but how thick? [closed]

After reading about measurements of background radiation as evidence of a flat universe, I can not reconcile what is meant by 'flat', in both the observable and whole universe. Is it flat in all ...
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Will two entangled particles changing Synchronously while one is in a black hole and the other is not?

1.If you change the attribute of one entangled particle then the other one changes too and instantaneously. 2.The time will go slower in (or near to) a black hole compare to our normal place like on ...
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Could it be theorically posible “cut off” a piece of space-time? [closed]

I know I may not have an accurate idea of what are the properties of space-time, but here is the idea: By doing an analogy with moving from 2 to 3 dimensions, I have been wondering if in theory it ...
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How energy would be consumed for bending spacetime?

If we could assume that relativity theory is correct about spacetime bending. Can we calculate energy used for moving 1 kg of object in 1 meter by changing the shape of spacetime (simulate gravity)? ...
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Why Newton's gravitational constant remains unchanged in relativity though gravity is not a force?

I know that Einstein described gravity as a curvature of spacetime. So, It is not a "force" but why Einstein had to accept Newton's gravitational force constant?
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A point on a disc travelling at the speed of light [duplicate]

This might be a duplicate of this. I had an interesting thought experiment: suppose that you have a disc of a 1 m radius, where a point P2 inside the disc travels at the speed of light. You have a ...
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Gravitational waves and it's interaction with matter

I have been reading an article on gravitational waves here. There, it is written that the gravitational wave, unlike the electromagnetic waves, interact very weakly with matter. The principle of LIGO ...
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Is there a minimum distance?

I would imagine there is no limit to how small space can get. Is this correct? I am aware of planck's constant, but cannot objects be closer than Planck's constant is short? Perhaps this question is ...
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At a center of Gödel's universe

A few quick questions clarifying a picture about Gödel's universe, they bug me badly! Taken from here. So Gödel's universe is made out of dust particles. All of them have angular velocity. Do this ...
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Does curved spacetime arise from inhomogeneity of gravitational field?

In general relativity textbooks such as Sean Carroll's Spacetime and Geometry, there is often a line of reasoning that goes like this: Strong equivalence principle states that free falling frames ...
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Speed of gravitational waves vs speed of light

I own an educational YouTube channel on physics and astronomy. I am currently working on a gravitational waves video extension to my "How Fast Is It" video book on relativity theory. I have a question ...
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About relativity [duplicate]

We know that the curvature of spacetime is gravity itself and it is not a force.so,why do we feel our weight in a curve spacetime but not in a straight(I mean not curve) space time like zero gravity ...
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Is It Possible to look at our own past if we find a giant reflecting galaxy as distant as needed for a telescope? [duplicate]

Can a telescope catch light reflected from object distant away so that we see our own planet hundreds/thousands/millions years ago. Another suggestion is that we send the giant mirror as far as needed ...
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Could Dark energy and Dark matter just simply be a warping of spacetime? [closed]

Why do most theories about what Dark energy and Dark matter is make it so that these substances (or not) need to be some kind of undiscovered particle? Would it be possible for Dark energy to simply ...
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Watching a live stream in spaceship traveling away from earth close to speed of light

My name is Dennis. This might sound just straight up ignorant of basic concepts of physics. I was having a conversation with my friend in regards to streaming a live event on earth to a spaceship ...
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Gravitational lensing and cosmic strings

Say we have a straight cosmic string lying along the $z$-axis, with energy-momentum tensor $$T_{\mu\nu}=\mu\delta(x)\delta(y)\operatorname{diag}(1,0,0,-1)\tag{1}\label{1}$$ for some small positive ...
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How to interpret Hermann Minkowski's comments on the construction of spacetime

What did Minkowski mean by his statement: "The views of space and time which I wish to lay before you have sprung from the soil of experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. They are ...
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Why does two masses with energy attract each other?

I have heard that every mass attract another mass with a force directly proportional to the multiplication of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of distance between them, but newton ...
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Gravity and circular logic [closed]

My research into gravity indicates that warped spacetime, with time as the major influence, is gravity. It also indicates gravity causes time dilation. Why is this not a circular argument. It is ...
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Space expanding within atoms [duplicate]

I'm hoping that "all questions are good questions." I'm a layman enthusiastically trying to comprehend cosmology and physics, and the more I learn the more questions I have. My understanding is that ...
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How big is the universe from the point of view of light?

In the context of General Relativity, assuming an universe that is infinite in extent (which seems to be a popular idea nowadays) how big would the universe be from the point of view of light? Would ...
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What the live streaming of a time traveler will look like?

Consider a hypothetical situation: In which a time traveler travels in a spaceplane at close to speed of light circling the earth and I get a live telecast of inside of that plane to my television. ...
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Does absolute motion exist?

Is it possible to determine if an object is in absolute motion by putting a (massless) accelerometer on it (from the moment it came into existence), and see if a flat line is recorded? An object is ...
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Proving that interval preserving transformations are linear

In almost all proofs I've seen of the Lorentz transformations one starts on the assumption that the required transformations are linear. I'm wondering if there is a way to prove the linearity: Prove ...
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Can bending spacetime produce electromagnetic fields?

Let's say that we can somehow bent spacetime, can this produce electromagnetic fields? or EMF can only be emitted from charged particles of matter?
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How do Doppler Effect and Time Dilation differ?

Above, I have drawn a diagram showing Doppler Effect (here we are using space-time but in a non-relativistic sense. Time and distance are the same for A and B). Edit: I am adding a relativistic ...
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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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Is time a coordinate or a parameter in Newtonian mechanics?

In classical (Newtonian) mechanics we only ever seem to consider 3-dimensional space, with physical quantities being represented by 3-vectors. My understanding for this is because in classical ...
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Motivation for usage of 4-vectors in special relativity

I understand that if one considers a 4-dimensional space-time from the outset then 4-vectors are the natural quantities to consider (as opposed to 3-vectors as in Newtonian mechanics), since the ...
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What coordinate system is used to describe planets positions in the universe?

How are planets positions described in the space and in respect to what? For example is Sun the origo and right now at this moment Earth has [coord_X, coord_Y, coord_Z]? or maybe [lng, lat]? ...
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What does general relativity predict for spacetime without energy?

I am kind of new to GR but I have been familiar with the concepts for a long time, I am getting used to the mathematics just now. My question is, what would GR predict if we would have an empty ...
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What is the exact meaning of homogeneity in cosmology?

I understand that, in general, homogeneity is the physical attribute of being uniform in composition (" of the same form at every point"), but I'm slightly confused when it is used in cosmology as ...