French Satellite Tests General Relativity

French Satellite Tests General Relativity

Launched on Friday [15th April], the experiment will attempt to falsify the “principle of equivalence”, which is the foundation of the theory of General Relativity.

Einstein had better watch out. Built by Cnes, the French space agency, a small satellite, Microscope, is expected to lift off on Friday evening [15th April] from Kourou in French Guiana, on board a Soyuz rocket, with the unbridled ambition of questioning the foundation on which General Relativity is built: the principle of equivalence. What is this, exactly?

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Rootless in Canada

Rootless in Canada

Multiculturalism as Performance ArtLe Figaro has published brief excerpts from Le Multiculturalisme Comme Religion Politique (Multiculturalism as a Political Religion) by the Canadian sociologist Mathieu Bock-Côté, who wonderfully evokes the contemporary West as a collection of fictional performances, each with its own multicultural channel-surfing sociology. Continue reading “Rootless in Canada”