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Q & A: Hypothetical single particle universe

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Most recent answer: 09/15/2014
Q:
This is really hypothetical. If a universe existed that had only one particle (say an electron) in existence, can that particle feel the effects of acceleration. (I know, you'd have to introduce something to accelerate the particle.... but I did say this was hypothetical. :-) )
- Joel Lanier (age 65)
Tallahassee, FL, USA
A:

Hello Joel,

This certainly is hypothetical.   Without any other mass in your universe there wouldn't be any gravitational acceleration since "It takes two to tango".   If your particle were charged it would feel acceleration from any electric field, but I can't see how you are going to create a field without any other particles.

 

LeeH


(published on 09/15/2014)

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