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The Universal ForceGravity - Creator of Worlds$
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Louis Girifalco

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228966.001.0001

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How weird can it get?

How weird can it get?

(p.264) 22 How weird can it get?
The Universal Force

Louis A. Girifalco

Oxford University Press

Relativity gives us a picture of the world that is bizarre: rulers that shrink, clocks that slow down, light that bends, mass and energy being the same, black holes that snuff out existence. These things can be true and such notions all arise from actual experiment and ordinary, rigorous logic. They are strange to us because they are not part of our intuition, which was shaped by events at ordinary speeds and low gravity. But we must go where experiment and logic take us.

Keywords:   bizarre science, intuition, logic and data, relativity, black hole

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