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    SubjectRe: [OFFTOPIC] Re: linux kernel hackers discover new theory of relativity!
    On 3 Dec 1998, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

    > > 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.

    What GR says is that the local effects of gravity are indistinguishable
    from acceleration, not that they are the same. Gravity is the name for a
    force acting between two bodies proportional to their masses, yada yada
    yada, not a generic term for the effects of acceleration.

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