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Galileo Revisited: a True Test of General Relativity

Stewart Ian Wells
Year: 2006
Keywords: General Relativity, Principle of Equivalence
A brief discussion of some of the theoretical and experimental difficulties with the general theory of relativity is presented in the context of traditional methodology. In particular, it is noted that the principle experiments for general relativity fail to test its underlying ?Principle of Equivalence?. A simple adaptation of the falling body experiment is proposed, in which electric charge is involved, to determine the truth or falsity of the equivalence principle.