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Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Einstein's Theory of Gravity Passes Toughest Test to Date
By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer |
Einstein's theory of general relativity has passed its toughest-ever test with flying colors, a new study reports.
General relativity, which the great physicist proposed in 1916, holds that gravity is a consequence of space-time's inherent flexibility: Massive objects distort the cosmic fabric, creating a sort of well around which other bodies orbit.
Like all scientific theories, general relativity makes testable predictions. One of the most important is the "equivalence principle" — the notion that all objects fall in the same way, no matter how big they are or what they're made of. [Einstein's Theory of Relativity Explained (Infographic)]