Equivalence Principle

Physics - Extreme

Equivalence Principle

Acceleration is equivalent to gravity.

Mass balance

1400 years ago people used the mass balance, however nobody knew that it doesn't work in zero-g.

Why test the equivalence principle?
The equivalence principle expresses a property which is at the basis of Einstein's general relativity: the equivalence between acceleration and a gravitational field. More precisely, observations made in a system in acceleration (e.g. a rocket) are indistinguishable from those made in a gravitational field (e.g. on Earth).
The equivalence principle tells us that gravitational mass and inertial mass are identical. This is why it is at first so difficult to disentangle the notion of weight (related with the gravitational mass) from the notion of inertia (related with the notion of inertial mass).

There is no difference between an experiment on Earth and an experiment on an accelerating spaceship. However this is not true for zero-g. The mass balance doesn't work in zero-g. If you put a mass on just one side then it won't tilt in zero-g. If the spaceship accelerates then this mass balance will work again as if it were still on Earth. This was known recently, however this was portrayed in the Quran 1400 years before it was discovered.

Quran 55:7
And the sky, He raised; and He set up the balance.

٧ وَالسَّمَاءَ رَفَعَهَا وَوَضَعَ الْمِيزَانَ

If God raised the sky then this an accelerating frame in outer space. And in the same verse the mass balance is on Earth. Today we know why they are in the same verse, because the mass balance only works in these two conditions, gravity and/or acceleration.

How could an illiterate man who lived 1400 years ago have known about the equivalence principle?

The Quran (Koran, the book of Islam) contains scientific knowledge that could not have been known 1400 years ago. It ranges from basic arithmetics to the most advanced topics in astrophysics. You are invited to go through those miracles and judge for yourself.

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