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# Can anyone explain the Theory of relativity by Albert Einstein in simple english?

Which theory?
Einstein gave us the Special Theory of Relativity and
the General Theory of Relativity. ”

bty96310 – I dont fully understand that comment. Can anyone break it down to its relevent point?

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bailey heisey

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bailey heisey

i have solved it today and im in the &th grade

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graemefirth894

Albert Einstein could, but he’s dead.

I don’t think just anyone could. There are a lot of stupid people out there.

RYQ before you post.

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amancalledchuda

OK, here goes. Apologies if this is long, but hey, we are talking about a tricky subject! LOL I only have a very basic understanding of the “Specific Theory”, but for what it’s worth here goes… First, as others have mentioned, the speed of light is constant. That means, whenever you look at light, as far as you are concerned it is *always* travelling at light speed. If you had a gun that fired bullets at, say, 2000m/s and you fired it forwards from an aircraft that was doing 500m/s, then relative to you, the bullet will move away at… Read more »

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Syphcis

Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity: E = M C2(Squared not x2) Energy = Mass x The speed of light in a vacuum squared Basically Einstein was on a fast train, he noticed his watch was SLIGHTLY different to Big Ben when he passed it, so what it means is, if you’re speed is great enough the gravity will have a effect which causes time to go slightly faster but you will not notice because you’re smack bang right in the middle of the effect, so in other words you’ll age faster in a train than walking.

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john francis 01

no way it is far too complex. even other physicists have problems grasping the theory behind it.

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Donna M

Someone else asked exactly this the other day, and I did my best then to provide the highlights. I’ll try again for you now. Firstly, it’s important to understand that relativity is such an incredibly complicated subject, that the likes of you and me (lay people) would find it virtually impossible to comprehend entirely. But we can understand the effects it has on the universe rather than why it has those effects. OK. As you know there are 2 theories, special and general. Special came first, and changed the way the universe and time were viewed by scientists, and general… Read more »

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ZeedoT

Einstien had 2 theories concerning relativity. First, special relativity which deals with how particles and waves behave at or near the speed of light. Central to special relativity is the idea that the speed of light is a constant and no matter what frame of reference you are in when you measure it, the value is still the speed of light. If a space ship travelling toward you at half the speed of light shines a light at you, you will see the light approach at the speed of light, not one and one half the speed of light. Strange… Read more »

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alfie

The simple answer? He reckoned that the faster you went, the heavier you got.

His theory is debunked a little by all the fat people out there, let’s face it – they’re not that fast!

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kaksi_guy

There are much maths and poor results in general theory, so don’t jam your head with this brain twister.
The special theory states that any moving object in any coordinate system cannot exceed the speed of light c=300000km/s and could be understood, if you consider Minkowsky space — a very nifty and perceivable means. You must know that sqrt(-1)=i and easily manipulate with imaginary numbers. more datails?

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geoff b

(1) mass increases with speed and becomes infinite at the speed fo light
(2) time passes more slowly as the speed of light is approached
(3) light or photons are discreet packages of energy – this may be attributable to Niels Bohr / Max Planck
(4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_relativity

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andrew900837

Can’t remember his exact wording… “Put your hand on a hot pan and minutes can seem like hours, put your hand on a hot woman and hours can seem like minutes.”

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college_prof_with_hard_classes

Monkey Boy and Squishy gave you what is probably the best-known conclusion that can be drawn from Special Relativity, which basically said that every observer will measure the speed of light to be the same, regardless of his or her own *constant* speed and direction. What does change from observer to observer is time and distance. Einstein published this theory in 1905. His greatest contribution to science, however, was the theory of General Relativity. GR took him ten more years to develop, mostly because the mathematics were so difficult. It extended relativity to “non-inertial” (accelerating) frames of reference, including free-fall… Read more »

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Tammi D

Which theory?
Einstein gave us the Special Theory of Relativity and
the General Theory of Relativity.

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bty96310

Found this on the net. I’d love to say I wrote it but the truth is I don’t undersatnd it. But I don’t think you’ll get a more simple explaination than this: October 11, 2005 — Executive Briefing: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Relativity is all about how light behaves, and from that some truth is differentiated from some fiction. Light’s behavior is particularly at issue because the cosmos is ever expanding… some of the very distant galaxies are receding from us at near light speed – we find that true while looking in any direction. Getting right into it, if… Read more »

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Leon L

E=mc2 Energy is equal to mass times the speed of light squared. The heavier the object the greater its potential energy. As speed increases so does energy. As the speed of light is constant the energy divided by its mass is always constant.

Basically I have no idea.

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Squishy

E=MC2*
The E stands for energy.
The M stands for mass.
The C2* stands for the speed of light squared or the speed of light multiplied by itself.

In other words energy is mass times the speed of light squared.

*the 2 is supposed to be small.

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old know all

No. I can tell you a few simple things about it, but the theory itself is complicated.

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chameleon

It is the theory that states that the longer your relatives are near you, the more obnoxious they become. Relatively speaking, of course.

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monkey boy

energy is equal to mass times the speed of light squared.

i.e mass can be converted to energy and energy to mass