curved space-time


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curved space-time

[¦kərvd ′spās ′tīm]
(relativity)
A four-dimensional Riemannian space, in which there are no straight lines but only curves, which is a generalization of the Minkowski universe in the general theory of relativity.
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It seems that in evaluating the proton mass, a curved space-time must be considered.
Extensions of these standard formalisms are then examined, including grand unified theories, scalar-tensor theories of gravity, quantum field theory in curved space-time, supersymmetry and supergravity, and models of phase transitions during the primordial universe, and their different implications for primordial cosmology are explored.
However, Einstein showed that in fact light follows the shortest distance paths through curved space-time, in much the same way as planes follow the shortest 'great circle' route when flying between London and New York.