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cosmological constant


Einstein withdrew his proposal for a cosmological constant, but interest has since renewed because of the discovery of cosmic acceleration.
  physics:  mathematical term involving a repulsive force in Einstein’s general theory of relativity;

Einstein added the constant to his theory to make general relativity compatible with the early 20th century belief in a static universe. When Hubble discovered the Universe is expanding, Einstein withdrew the cosmological constant.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   cosmological constant , space-time [7] , theory of relativity [7]
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