Re: [OFFTOPIC] Re: linux kernel hackers discover new theory of relativity!

Jonas Munsin (
Fri, 4 Dec 1998 02:04:04 +0200

On Thu, Dec 03, 1998 at 10:16:54AM -0500, Christophe Dupre wrote:
> Babylon 5 is closer to the reality of physics - the spinning station creates
> artificial gravity, but only for people standing on the inside walls of the
> cylinder. Those who are near of rotation axis are in zero-gravity. This is
> not gravity guys, it's centrifugal force, the same that pushes you against
> your car's window when you take a sharp turn.

No it's not. Your "centrifugal force" is something you invent when you (quite
wrongly) treat an accelerating reference frame as an inertial one. I strongly
suggest you go look up centripetal and centrifugal force in any first-year
university book on physics (University Physics - Benson, page 105 in the
revisited edition is one place to start) before continuing this arguement.

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