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By Jim Al-Khalili

Do you know:
• What may perhaps occur in the event you fall right into a black hole?
• That the Universe doesn't have an edge?
• That the explanation it will get darkish at evening is evidence of the large Bang?
• That cosmic debris time-travel during the surroundings defying death?
• That our previous, current and destiny may all coexist "out there"?
With striking rules, Albert Einstein revolutionized our view of the Universe. His first was once that not anything can commute swifter than light-the final pace restrict. this straightforward truth ends up in the unavoidable end that house and time has to be associated jointly without end as Spacetime. together with his moment huge perception, Einstein confirmed how Spacetime is warped and stretched through the gravity of all gadgets within the Universe or even punctured via black holes. yet such attainable twisting of Spacetime allowed a magic no longer even Einstein can have imagined: time-travel.
Theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili eventually lays technology fiction to leisure as he opens up Einstein's Universe. prime us lightly and light-heartedly during the dizzying global of our house and time, he even offers us the recipe for a time computing device, able to taking us again to the long run, to Alice's Wonderland, or on a visit with the Terminator.

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Because a massive body like a star or planet makes a dent in space, the paths of smaller objects passing close by will be curved by the ‘dip’. This curvature is just what we attribute to the attractive force of gravity. In the above example, the trampoline’s material represents 2D space and so the analogy is only a loose one since all objects in this imaginary space must also reside within the two dimensions, whereas the ball is a 3D object rolling on top of the surface. Similarly the dent that you make by standing on the trampoline is actually due to Earth’s gravity pulling you down, whereas I am asking you to imagine that it is your mass alone that is curving the 2D surface.

You are glad you remembered to strap yourself in or you would have floated off and bumped your head on the instrument panel. Now you are faced with another puzzle if you don’t look outside. You see, you could either be drifting in space at a constant velocity with the rocket engines shut off, which would surely account for the sensation of weightlessness, or you could be falling through the Earth’s atmosphere and in danger of imminent death if you don’t take control of the rocket quickly. You see, when you are falling freely through Earth’s gravitational field you experience weightlessness, as though the pull of Earth’s gravity has been switched off.

Einstein’s gravity Newton’s law of gravity would appear to describe an invisible, almost magical, force that acts between all objects however far apart they are (although it does become much weaker with distance) and no matter what lies between them, even empty space. We therefore say that the force of gravity requires no ‘medium’ (or ‘stuff’) to act through. Einstein gave a much deeper explanation than this. He claimed that gravity does not act directly on an object but on space itself, causing it to warp.

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