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Aug 30 2007

Special Relativity

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It was in Albert Einstein’s 1905 paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy-Content?” that he revealed E = mc2.  It was a follow-up to his “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” the same year.  The follow-up contains the words, in English translation, near the end: “Moreover, the difference K0 – K1, like the kinetic energy of the electron, depends on the velocity.”  Then, at the very end it says: “If the theory corresponds to the facts, radiation conveys inertia between the emitting and absorbing bodies.”
Was Einstein close to figuring out gravity?  The Bohr model of the atom was still a few years away, but by that time Einstein was thinking General Relativity and warped space time.

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