Compton scattering

While we are talking about relativity, what about evidence for special relativity? That’s the area of physics which talks about the way things move at very high speeds (close to the speed of light).   For example, we talk about things contracting as they get faster (Lorentz contraction) and time slowing down (time dilation). Neither of […]

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Why Einstein?

Following from my brief comment last time about 2005 being Einstein year, I wonder if you, like me, have ever thought why it is that Einstein is so famous. I mean, just about everyone you will meet on the street will recognise a photo of Albert Einstein, but how many would recognise (say) Charles Darwin […]

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