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# Would the "general theory of relativity" be applicable to "faster than speed of light travel"?

Question #45588. Asked by tragic_flawed. (Mar 22 04 8:25 PM)

AlbertCamus

No, because the Theory of Relativity says that nothing moves faster than the speed of light.

 Mar 22 04, 9:32 PM
trivialist

According to Albert Einstein"s #1 Theory Of Relativity: All matter or mass is a form of energy and the theory also postulates the equivalence of mass and energy. A very small piece of matter can produce a lot of energy(2.2 lbs can be converted into 25 billion kilowatt hours which could supply an industrialized nation for several weeks). The theory also predicts that mass and time change with increase in velocity. The faster it moves the heavier it gets and the slower time will be. Any object traveling near the speed of light(it is not possible to travel faster than or at the speed of light) will become extremely heavy and time will be at a standstill.(I say the answer to your question is no but I'm really not sure because I was very lousy at science when I was in school and I actually thought it was boring but years later I'm changing my mind about it)

 Mar 23 04, 12:02 AM
Gnomon

The Special Theory of Relativity describes the behaviour of objects as they increase in speed and approach the speed of light. By this theory, nothing can ever reach and then exceed the speed of light. It does not say anything about the behaviour of objects which are travelling faster than light.

The General Theory of Relativity describes the behaviour of space when it is subjected to a strong gravitational field. It also does not say anything about objects travelling faster than light.

 Mar 24 04, 3:06 AM

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