Saturday, December 18, 2004

Dilation and the Cosmic String

One such field, called the dilaton, is the master key to string theory; it determines the overall strength of all interactions. The dilaton fascinates string theorists because its value can be reinterpreted as the size of an extra dimension of space, giving a grand total of 11 spacetime dimensions

According to T-duality, universes with small scale factors are equivalent to ones with large scale factors. No such symmetry is present in Einstein's equations; it emerges from the unification that string theory embodies, with the dilaton playing a central role.
Gabriele Veneziano

According to Einstein's theory of general relativity, the sun's gravity causes starlight to bend, shifting the apparent position of stars in the sky.

Time will also pass more slowly in a strong gravitational field than in a weak one? So what effect would this have if we consider the gravitational lensing, that had been talked about in previous post?:)

On the Effects of External Sensory Input on Time DilationA. Einstein, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.

Abstract: When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.

As the observer's reference frame is crucial to the observer's perception of the flow of time, the state of mind of the observer may be an additional factor in that perception. I therefore endeavored to study the apparent flow of time under two distinct sets of mental states.

Where spacetime is flat, there is no gravity, hence light will travel unabated. If we move this consideration in contrast to the non-euclidean realms, what have we learnt of gravity? What have we learnt of dimensions?

Mass, Photons, Gravity Dr. Lev Okun, ITEP, Russia

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