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* In 1905, Albert Einstein published his "Special Theory of Relativity", a simple and elegant hypothesis that made a number of remarkable assertions:
These assertions have been confirmed by observations and experiment, and are now generally accepted. Einstein used his theory of Special Relativity as a springboard for a much more comprehensive "Theory of General Relativity", which is also generally accepted.
This document explains how Special Relativity works and provides a short overview of General Relativity. To read this document, you will need to be comfortable with high-school algebra and geometry. If you are not, you will not be able to follow the discussion. You will also need to be familiar with fundamental concepts of classical mechanics. A review of these fundamental concepts is available in the first chapters of a companion document on this site, Elementary Classical Physics.