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

Oliver Xymoron (
Fri, 4 Dec 1998 10:38:47 -0600 (CST)

On 3 Dec 1998, H. Peter Anvin 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. --
> >
> Actually, it *is* gravity. Read up on general relativity if you don't
> believe me.

What GR says is that the local effects of gravity are indistinguishable
from acceleration, not that they are the same. Gravity is the name for a
force acting between two bodies proportional to their masses, yada yada
yada, not a generic term for the effects of acceleration.

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