Special relativity- how it all began

Why did Einstein propose something that is totally counterintuitive?

How did he convince the scientific crowd that his weird, complex mathematical model is better than commonsense?

No doubt that Einstein was a great scientist and mathematician but he must have been a great magician as well. Otherwise it is difficult to believe how the scientific crowd have adorned such a weird ridiculous theory for so long, deliberately ignoring their own consciousness and logic.

For people not affected by this scientific pseudo mania, it is not difficult to realise where and how things went wrong.

When Maxwell’s’ equations predicted that light travels at 3×108m/sec, scientists wondered what was the reference point/frame to which the above speed refers.

As light was thought to travel via Ether medium, it was proposed that the predicted SOL was with reference to this Ether medium (which was thought to represent the state of absolute rest).

But as Michelson and Morley’s experiment ‘disproved’ the existence of the long believed Ether medium, some scientists thought that the SOL predicted by Maxwell’s equations must be with reference to the source (Emitter theory). Apparently this was also disproved by an experiment (neutral pion decay experiment)

As both the Ether theory and the Emitter theory were ‘disproved’, scientific masses got attracted to the special theory of relativity (SR), which said that the calculated speed of light (SOL) must be with reference to the observer.

If so, then any observer in any inertial reference frame would measure the same speed of light because SOL (3×108m/sec) is a derived value from Maxwell’s equations and hence must be the same in any reference frame.

And Einstein had shown the supporting maths which mesmerised the scientific masses. (Of course a mathematical model can be woven around any ridiculous idea!)

As SR proposed that SOL must be the same to any observer, this has lead to further counterintuitive notions like time dilation and length contraction. Relativists claim that all these weird notions were proven to be correct by many experiments like muon decay and twin flight experiments etc.

Though the chronology was not exactly the same, the above description gives the gist of how the weird theory of relativity came in and got accepted amongst the most intelligent section of the population.

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Comments

  • Nehemiah  On May 3, 2013 at 7:16 am

    One rubbish thing our modern sciences has adapted is ‘Meter’ is defined by SOL.

    Speed=Distance/Time, So to derive speed you distance and time should have well defined measures.

    If distance again needs SOL to be know earlier, then it becomes cycle, which came first, SOL or Meter? I am more happy with the definition the a meter is the length of the gold bar in Paris museum.

    • drgsrinivas  On May 8, 2013 at 11:28 am

      I agree with you. But defining a meter in terms of distance travelled by light is not that bad as long as one doesn’t fall prey to the stupid theory of relativity and its superstitious predictions.
      Please remember that you can’t win arguing with 1) stupid people who are not intelligent enough to stick to what they argue and 2) people who are blind believers. Relativists represent the worst mix of above two types – they are blind followers of stupid thinkers, you may argue with them just to have fun but don’t expect to make them realise their stupidity.
      Thank you for your comments.
      Glad to come across people like who haven’t got mesmerised by the stupid theories of modern physics.

  • Marius de Jess  On December 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I like very much this statement from you:

    “(Of course a mathematical model can be woven around any ridiculous idea!)”

    Hahahahaha, that is a truth and a fact!

  • Marius de Jess  On December 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Yes, I seem to notice that you are set up against the whole physics world of the West.

    That is to the commendation (from yours truly) to the thinkers with a critical mind from the sub-continent of India.

    • drgsrinivas  On December 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      I am not particularly set up against any world. There are logicians and blind followers everywhere.
      I am only arguing against the stupid theories of modern physics and the superstitions of the scientific community. They not only undermine the value of logic and philosophy in human history, but also prevent people from understanding the Nature and experiencing the ultimate reality.

  • robinpike  On December 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Dear drgsrinivas, I agree with you – the Standard Model, Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Uncertainty Prininciple, etc etc just don’t make logical sense. Have a look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdgzerR5gTs
    It shows the spin of the electron. From this many other things follow on, which agree with your thoughts. Best regards, Robin

  • drgsrinivas  On January 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Unless one comes out of the superstition of constant speed of light and the delusion of time delusion, any modified version of relativity will remain as stupid as relativity.