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There arc 3 crucial principles underlying common relativity (OR). the 1st is that area time might be defined as a curved, 4-dimensional mathematical constitution referred to as a pscudo Ricmannian manifold. in short, time and house jointly include a curved 4 dimensional non-Euclidean geometry. for this reason, the practitioner of OR has to be accustomed to the elemental geometrical homes of curved spacctimc.
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Ptolemy recognized this flaw, but nevertheless his model was generally, although not universally, accepted. It was adopted by the Christian church as the picture of the universe that was in accordance with Scripture, for it had the great advantage that it left lots of room outside the sphere of fixed stars for heaven and hell. 1 A simpler model, however, was proposed in 1514 by a Polish priest, Nicholas Copernicus. ) His idea was that the sun was stationary at the center and that the earth and the planets moved in circular orbits around the sun.
This discovery finally brought the question of the beginning of the universe into the realm of science. Hubble’s observations suggested that there was a time, called the big bang, when the universe was infinitesimally small and infinitely dense. Under such conditions all the laws of science, and therefore all ability to predict the future, would break down. If there were events earlier than this time, then they could not affect what happens at the present time. Their existence can be ignored because it would have no observational consequences.
5 If one neglects gravitational effects, as Einstein and Poincaré did in 1905, one has what is called the special theory of relativity. For every event in space-time we may construct a light cone (the set of all possible paths of light in space-time emitted at that event), and since the speed of light is the same at every event and in every direction, all the light cones will be identical and will all point in the same direction. The theory also tells us that nothing can travel faster than light.
A Brief History of Time, Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition by Stephen Hawking