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### Why would spacetime curvature cause gravity?

It is fine to say that for an object flying past a massive object, the spacetime is curved by the massive object, and so the object flying past follows the curved path of the geodesic, so it "appears" ...
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### How exactly does curved space-time describe the force of gravity?

I understand that people explain (in layman's terms at least) that the presence of mass "warps" space-time geometry, and this causes gravity. I have also of course heard the analogy of a blanket or ...
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### How exactly does the curvature of space-time cause objects to “fall” into another object [duplicate]

Let me preface this by saying that I'm a high school student so my knowledge of GR might be seriously flawed. As far as I'm concerned, Einstein's theory of GR states that matter curves the fabric of ...
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### Gravity and spacetime bending [duplicate]

Something that puzzles me if gravity is just bending of space time near a mass then what is gravitational force? If say two massive bodies were perfectly at rest relative to each other they would ...
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### According to general relativity, why are two objects at rest attracted to each other? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand gravity in General Relativity and I'm having some questions. I can understand that an object in orbit around another more massive object is free falling and simply following a ...
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### Stationary Object in Curved Space Time [duplicate]

Things I know already 1) Rubber sheet analogy of GR is yet another misleading piece of info 2) differential geometry makes sense 3) equivalence principle makes sense 4) special relativity makes sense ...
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### Is gravity due to the curvature of spacetime? [duplicate]

Having looked at this question online, multiple sources overwhelmingly support the statement that 'Gravity results from the curvature of space-time due to mass-energy'. However, discussions on the H-...
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### A problem with how curved spacetime explains gravity [duplicate]

I've read quite a few online explanations of how curved spacetime is the reason objects are drawn to each other, and that gravity is an illusion. Most of them follow the same path: explain what ...
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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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### What causes force on a body in gravitationally curved space time? [duplicate]

take the example of earth sun system. The earth is said to orbit around sun because the sun bends the space time around it . Now if by some means we stop earth in its path such that its at rest with ...
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### Reason for gravitational force [duplicate]

What is the reason for the existence of gravitational force between two bodies? Why do we say it as an attractive force? What makes any two objects to attract each other?
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### Computing gravitational acceleration with General Relativity [duplicate]

As seen here, gravitational acceleration as a Newtonian concept can be considered in General Relativity as an artifact of the selected frame of reference for measurements. But can one compute the same ...
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### How does curved space make an obejct move toward Earth? [duplicate]

I think I understand how the equivalence principle shows how light can bend and therefore space must be curved. What I do not understand is how curved space makes an object move directly toward the ...