special relativity
noun Date: 1937 relativity 3a

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  • Consequences of special relativity — Special relativity has several consequences that struck many people as counterintuitive, among which are: The time lapse between two events is not invariant from one observer to another, but is dependent on the relative speeds of the observers… …   Wikipedia

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