Relativity and Cosmology


Baxter's Railroad Company.

Authors: J.C.Valks

In this document we analyze the thought experiment proposed by Baxter. Baxter's conclusion is that his thought experiment shows a contradiction and that therefore relativity is wrong. However, we shall show that there is no contradiction and that eventually Baxter has misinterpreted relativity. As Baxter in his thought experiment makes use of the relativistic light-clock, we start with an analysis of the relativistic light-clock. The relativistic light-clock eventually implies relations between time-intervals, but also between distances, where a distinction is made between parallel distances and orthogonal distances, with respect to the velocity of the moving distance. Correct implementation of the relativistic light-clock shows that Baxter's thought experiment does not lead to contradictions. Baxter's contradiction is based on misinterpretation of relativity by Baxter himself, i.e. he has not shown any contradiction.

Comments: 7 Pages. Baxter is wrong.

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[v1] 2012-06-02 18:41:06

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