tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8148573551417578681.post9211485809337051896..comments2023-12-07T13:24:41.840-08:00Comments on Dark Buzz: Relativity depended on the crucial experimentRogerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03474078324293158376noreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8148573551417578681.post-40477775201183198972014-12-23T00:49:49.106-08:002014-12-23T00:49:49.106-08:00In a sense Einstein outdid Poincaré and Lorentz by...In a sense Einstein outdid Poincaré and Lorentz by converting the "local time" into "time": <br /><br />http://www.bourbaphy.fr/damourtemps.pdf <br /> "...the egregious merit of Einstein was (...) the conceptual breakthrough that the rescaled "local time" variable t' of Lorentz was "purely and simply, the time", as experienced by a moving observer."<br /><br />That was an illegitimate step. It follows from Einstein's 1905 two postulates that time dilation is symmetrical - either observer sees the other's clock running slow. Yet Einstein found it profitable to inform the world that, although time dilation is symmetrical, it is still asymmetrical - the stationary clock runs faster than the travelling one:<br /><br />http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/einstein/specrel/www/ <br /> ON THE ELECTRODYNAMICS OF MOVING BODIES, by A. Einstein, June 30, 1905: "From this there ensues the following peculiar consequence. If at the points A and B of K there are stationary clocks which, viewed in the stationary system, are synchronous; and if the clock at A is moved with the velocity v along the line AB to B, then on its arrival at B the two clocks no longer synchronize, but the clock moved from A to B lags behind the other which has remained at B by tv^2/2c^2 (up to magnitudes of fourth and higher order), t being the time occupied in the journey from A to B."<br /><br />This is tantamount to saying that, although elephants are unable to fly, they can still do so by just flapping their ears. Yet the breathtaking impliciations of Einstein's blatant hoax (time travel into the future etc) enchanted the gullible world:<br /><br />http://plus.maths.org/issue37/features/Einstein/index.html <br /> John Barrow FRS, professor of mathematical sciences at the University of Cambridge: "Einstein restored faith in the unintelligibility of science. Everyone knew that Einstein had done something important in 1905 (and again in 1915) but almost nobody could tell you exactly what it was. When Einstein was interviewed for a Dutch newspaper in 1921, he attributed his mass appeal to the mystery of his work for the ordinary person: "Does it make a silly impression on me, here and yonder, about my theories of which they cannot understand a word? I think it is funny and also interesting to observe. I am sure that it is the mystery of non-understanding that appeals to them...it impresses them, it has the colour and the appeal of the mysterious." Relativity was a fashionable notion. It promised to sweep away old absolutist notions and refurbish science with modern ideas. In art and literature too, revolutionary changes were doing away with old conventions and standards. All things were being made new. Einstein's relativity suited the mood. Nobody got very excited about Einstein's brownian motion or his photoelectric effect but relativity promised to turn the world inside out."<br /><br />Pentcho ValevPentcho Valevnoreply@blogger.com