By Norman K Glendenning
In an excellent flash approximately fourteen billion years in the past, time and topic have been born in one quick of production. An immensely sizzling and dense universe started its speedy enlargement far and wide, developing area the place there has been no area and time the place there has been no time. within the extreme fireplace simply after the start, the lightest parts have been solid, later to shape primordial clouds that finally developed into galaxies, stars, and planets. This evolution is the tale informed during this interesting publication. Interwoven with the storyline are brief items at the pioneering women and men who published these wonders to us.
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These were Newton's commonsense views of time and space, and they seem to be in accord with our everyday experience. Things happen within absolute space and absolute time but they do not affect space and time. So it seems to us. Einstein (1879-1955) had ideas about time and space that were very different. He viewed time and space as part of physics, and thus as being subject to physical laws. To compare times on clocks in two moving systems he needed a messenger and he used light, which he postulated is constant as viewed by all observers, even though they themselves may be moving with respect to each other.
This realization drove him to years of hard work in searching for a theory of gravity, often called general relativity. The predictions of Einstein's special theory of relativity are quantitatively employed as a matter of routine in every high energy particle laboratory around the world. For example, the dilation (or elongation) of time has been used to discover very unusual particles whose lifetimes are so short that they do not exist naturally in today's universe. By supplying the energy equivalent of their mass and more in particle accelerators they can be produced with velocities nearly equal to the velocity of light.
8 Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Siderius Nuncius, published in Venice, May 1610; translated by Albert Van Helden (University of Chicago Press, 1989). Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in Florence, February 1632, translated by S. Drake, 2nd edition (University of California Press, 1967). Discourses on Two New Sciences, published in Leiden, 1638; translated by S. Drake (University of Wisconsin Press, 1974). F, Flxtt / V X ' ' « * 1 « > LACTtO (lKfrU>y STfLLlStifByiOili, vfpprime irrro m QJf A T V O R PLANETIS Cue* I O V I S StcUicn diiMiibut intnuilin.