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Why do gravitational mass and inertial mass appear to be indistinguishable? [duplicate]

I have learnt that heavier the object is (the more gravitational mass it has), the more resistance to the change of motion it is (the more inertial mass it has). I can accept this fact but I can't ...
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Why are gravitational mass equal to the mass in Newton's second law [duplicate]

Newtons second involves the mass $m$ e.g. $$ F = m a $$ And the gravitation force also involves the mass e.g. $$ F = - G \frac{m_1 m_2}{r^2} $$ The question is why the gravitation mass is equal to ...
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Is the Boltzmann constant really that important?

I read a book in which one chapter gave a speech about the fundamental constants of the Universe, and I remember it stated this: If the mass of an electron, the Planck constant, the speed of light, ...
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Why is Higgs Boson given the name “The God Particle”?

Higgs Boson (messenger particle of Higgs field) accounts for inertial mass, not gravitational mass. So, how could it account for formation of universe as we know it today? I think, gravity accounts ...
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Why is the equivalence principle so important to general relativity?

In its simplest form, equivalence principle states that the inertial mass and the gravitational mass should be the same. This is easy to understand. But why is it so important to the formulation of ...
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Consequence of approaching infinite mass for near-light speed particles

Considering that the inertial mass of an object approaches infinity as the speed of the object approaches $c$, and that inertial mass equals gravitational mass, does this not imply that particles ...
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Understanding the different kinds of mass in gravity

On this site, the Phys.SE question Is there a fundamental reason why gravitational mass is the same as inertial mass? has been asked. See also this Phys.SE question. The 'answer' provided on this ...
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Are there any well-known theories successfully unifying the inertial and gravitational mass?

From what little I know of general relativity, the equality of inertial and gravitational mass is an axiom of the theory. I suspect that this precludes GR from unifying them in the same sense as ...
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What if gravitational mass and inertial mass of a body had different values? [closed]

From the equivalence principle we know that the gravitational and inertial mass of a body have same values. But I'm just wondering what would the universe be like if they had different values?
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Have hypothetical particles with gravitational mass unequal to their inertial mass been proposed in the past, e.g. as candidates for dark matter?

This is a question about history. To my understanding the equivalence of intertial and gravitational mass for all known particles is a weird empirical coincidence that has been confirmed to high ...