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

Steve VanDevender (
Fri, 4 Dec 1998 10:40:12 -0800 (PST)

H. Peter Anvin writes:
> > 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.

I have, and I don't.

Following a curved path through spacetime (as in sitting on the
inside of a spinning cylinder) is not the same as being in a
region of curved spacetime (as in sitting on a massive object).
If you didn't get that from your reading of general relativity
you weren't paying proper attention.

It's a good thing we're not building LinUniverse. Given the
level of physics knowledge most people are displaying it would
have collapsed irretrievably into an unusable singularity as soon
as it was put together.

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