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10 Discoveries Relativity Made Possible

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by: Joanna Burgess
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Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity changed the face of science, leading to many other important discoveries over the years.
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In the early 1900s, Albert Einstein turned the notion of the impossible on its head when he announced his Theory of Relativity. It was met with admiration, enthusiasm, skepticism and, in some cases, confusion. Einstein's Theory of Relativity is, in fact, a two-parter. The Special Theory of Relativity, published in 1905, proposed that time and space aren't absolutes. The General Theory of Relativity, published in 1916, maintains that gravity and motion can affect time and space. 

While both theories are too detailed to go into here -- we are, after all, looking at the discoveries they made possible -- they revolutionized science, particularly in the fields of physics, astronomy and cosmology. Einstein's most recognizable equation to the masses, E=mc2 (energy equals mass times the speed of light squared), heralded the coming of the atomic age. Let's take a look at 10 of the discoveries that relativity has made possible over the years.

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