1 g acceleration

John K Clark (johnkc@well.com)
Sun, 5 Jul 1998 22:11:40 -0700 (PDT)


>Damien Broderick <damien@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
>Of course you can tell you're moving if you're in an accelerating
>spaceship - the floor pushes on your feet.

Special Relativity couldn't handle acceleration very well but according to General Relativity which Einstein developed about 10 years later there is no way to tell if you're in deep space accelerating at 1 g or at rest on the surface of the Earth experiencing the force of gravity.


>Well, they [stars] grow closer together. But they don't individually
>flatten, they undergo relativistic rotation.

>rrandall6@juno.com (Randall R Randall)
>Er? Why would one part of space undergo a different transformation?

Because only one part of space is directly ahead of your path of motion. If you went fast enough it would look like you were traveling down a pipe with the entire universe crammed into a little circle of light in front of you, the faster you went the smaller the angular size of the circle. Damien's right.

                                           John K Clark     johnkc@well.com

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