posted on Feb, 3 2008 @ 07:34 PM
Originally posted by thesun
No one has been able to detect or measure the distortion of spacetime
successfully, but i think there is still a lot of support for the theory.
First of all , contrary to what you say, it has been proved that relative speed, relative acceleration and gravity do distort tme.
For example, muons are created in two stages at the upper atmosphere when nuclei of atoms in the air are impacted by cosmic ray. Muons have an
extremely short life span. Calculation shows that that won't be able to reach the face of the earth in that short time. However, because they travel
near the speed of light, time is dilated on the muons relative to earth. So a lot of muons can reach the surface of the earth.
The atomic clocks on the GPS satellites would go faster than the clocks on surface of the earth by about 45.9 microseconds per day due to the weaker
gravitational field up there. But they would go slower by 7.2 microseconds per day due to time dilation in orbital speed. So the atomic clocks on the
GPS satellites were set to run about 38 microsecond faster per day to compensate the changes or distortion before launching.
Special relatively also shows that length may contract in a LINEAR mode more prominently at near light speed, not in an absolute sense, but from the
perspective of an observer who sees the object at high speed.
So you see distortion of time is a scientific fact. I also believe in in length contraction due to relativistic effect. So you may say distortion of
spacetime is a fact too because distortion of the time part of spacetime has been proven.
What I am against is the wrong idea or wrong wording that three dimensional space, not spacetime, can be curved, bended, warped or distorted. Because
that would imply displacement of space. But in reality there is no displacement of space at all but only that the property of flat space has been
It is wrong that some scientists think they have proved the curvature of space because light is bended near a massive star. The light is actually
bended by the gravitational field of the massive star and has nothing to do with curvature of space at all.
Mod Edit: Proper quoting
[edit on 3-2-2008 by GAOTU789]