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Re: As the sun's gravity bends light, can magnets do the same?

Date: Sun Dec 5 06:36:28 1999
Posted By: Yaxun Liu, Grad student, Electrical Engineering, National University of Singapore
Area of science: Physics
ID: 943074641.Ph

The sun bends the light because its giant mass bends the
spacetime near it and the light travels along the shortest
line between two points. However, there is no such effect
for magnetic field on the spacetime, also the magnetic field
will not affect the propgation of the light directly, 
therefore a magnet will not bend the light.

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