von James Sullivan
Time & light: a basic rational objection to special relativity
WWW 2002. 2 S.
The Premise and Origin of Special Relativity
In 1905, the brilliant thinker and physicist Albert Einstein first published a paper that would
later become known as ‘The Theory of Special Relativity.’
How would you describe the conception of Special Relativity? What led to its establishment? It is only in considering the observed requirement for Special Relativity that we can answer these questions. The requirement can be stated as follows: In order for the relativity of motion of physical bodies through space to be compatible with the constant velocity of light to an observer, physical law must be constructed such as to allow for the flexibility of distance and velocity. Special Relativity states that this is achieved ultimately through the flexibility of time as directly related to or dictated by motion: The constant velocity of light being perceived as 300,000kps both by an observer at rest and by an observer in motion can only be resolved by allowing for the alteration of the reference frame by which 300,000kps is measured- that reference frame being time. Therefore, time must possess an elasticity that is dependant on the degree of motion of the observer. There have in the past been objections to Special Relativity that centre around the accuracy of the following statement: The velocity of the propagation of light is constant to any observer, regardless of their state of motion. Those involved in such objections have denied the validity of the above statement and replaced the notion with the following: The velocity of the speed of light is only constant relative to absolute rest, and is regardless and irrespective of the velocity of the source of that light. The objection described in this document however, does not need to overturn this basic premise of Special Relativity, and so no further comment will be made on the truth or untruth of statements about the constant velocity of light relative to moving or ‘at rest’ frames of reference. On the contrary, for the purposes of analysing the logic and rationale behind the reality of Special Relativity theory, we will hold entirely to this premise, which would seem to be the origin of the thinking behind the theory, the seed of the concept.
- 4. September 2013