Relativity and Cosmology


Special Relativity as an Account for an Optical Illusion

Authors: Laszlo LGM Meszaros

Although Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity (STR) is more than a century old, the relation to reality of its predictions ̶ such as length contraction, for instance ̶ still seems obscure. Here it is argued for that the STR does not provide a description of objective reality, but it describes a particular relationship of an observer to reality. In support of this notion, it is also shown here that, if length contraction, for instance, was considered real, then it is not reconcilable with the Gas Laws. It is thus suggested that the STR is an account for a special kind of optical illusion.

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[v1] 2015-09-29 00:55:16
[v2] 2016-05-18 22:48:08
[v3] 2018-07-24 23:45:37

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