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    This Is Why Understanding Space Is So Hard

    The overwhelming success of Einstein’s theory was the final blow for Newton’s absolute space—but without absolute space, we continue to struggle to make sense of the forces evinced by Newton’s spinning bucket of water..Photograph by Comstock / Getty Images If all the matter in the universe suddenly disappeared, would space still exist? Isaac Newton thought […]

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    The Loneliest Genius

    Isaac Newton spurned social contact but also relied on it for his greatest work.