von Richard Quist
A hidden aether
An issue with Albert Einstein’s special relativity theory that I believe has not been adequately explored is the possibility that while relativity properly describes one’s perceptions of entities in motion and also the perceptions of observers in moving reference frames, it does not in itself sufficiently describe actual positions of entities within space-time. In other words, does relativity simply describe variations in an observer’s perceptions of entities in motion, while an entity’s true positions in space-time are determined by and described relative to some preferred reference frame, this preferred positioning frame ultimately representing a type of aether? I propose that this is the case, and that the expanding nature of the Universe can be used to define and determine this preferred frame.
In order to support the above assertion, I will first review certain basic characteristics of relativity theory. With relativity Einstein showed that rates for the passage of time are relative and variable, depending upon the velocity of one system relative to another. The problem that relativity theory addresses is the fact that all measurements of the velocity of light show it to be constant in a vacuum, even when the source of the light is in motion.
With special relativity theory, Einstein assumed that the velocity of light in a vacuum is constant in all reference frames. When this is the case, the rate at which time passes for a body in motion relative to another body, as measured by an observer on the motionless body, must slow, or dilate, the amount dependent upon the velocity of the body. This time dilation enables the observer on the motionless body to consider light emitted from the body which is in motion to propagate from that body at a velocity of c.
- 1. April 2013