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Sights that Einstein could not yet see - visualization of relativistic effects
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Sights that Einstein could not yet see - visualization of relativistic effects

Since we do not daily fly at 90% of the speed of light through a wormhole to our place of work near a black hole, but instead live in a part of the universe that is very well described by Newton's laws, we unfortunately never developed an intuitive understanding of special and general relativistic spacetimes. However, thanks to fast computers and modern computer graphics, we can today simulate and visualize the relativistic effects. This way, though we still may not "understand" them, we at least see them.

 

This is the translated online version of
Was Einstein noch nicht sehen konnte - Visualisierung relativistischer Effekte
Ute Kraus, Hanns Ruder, Daniel Weiskopf, Corvin Zahn
Physik Journal, 2002 Nr. 7/8

 
More: Relativistic soccer is discussed in The ball is round. See Motion near the cosmic speed limit for examples of motions nearly at the speed of light that are being observed in space.
 
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Authors: Ute Kraus, Hanns Ruderexternal link, Daniel Weiskopfexternal link, Corvin Zahn, Date: May 25, 2002
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