Monthly Archives: June 2010

Einstein’s Happiest Thought…Doomed?

arXiv logoWhen Albert Einstein first realized that gravitational mass and inertial mass were the same thing, the resulting thoughts led him to expand the theory of special relativity into general relativity. He called this equivalence of gravitational mass and inertial mass the “Equivalence Principle”, and called it his “happiest thought”. Recent calculations posted in a paper on the arXiv, assert that this is not true at the quantum scale. The most important aspect of this research is that it should be experimentally verifiable. At least that is what the author of the Physics ArXiv Blog thinks.