Galileo Revisited: a True Test of General Relativity

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Scientific Paper
Title Galileo Revisited: a True Test of General Relativity
Author(s) Stewart Ian Wells
Keywords General Relativity, Principle of Equivalence
Published 2006
Journal Proceedings of the NPA
Volume 3
Number 2
Pages 301-302

Abstract

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.