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Topic: THE WORDS "ONLY APPARENTLY" IN EINSTEIN'S 1905 PAPER
Replies: 4   Last Post: Aug 19, 2014 2:35 PM

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 Pentcho Valev Posts: 6,212 Registered: 12/13/04
Re: THE WORDS "ONLY APPARENTLY" IN EINSTEIN'S 1905 PAPER
Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:20 AM

The inveterate liar:

http://bartleby.net/173/7.html
Albert Einstein: "If a ray of light be sent along the embankment, we see from the above that the tip of the ray will be transmitted with the velocity c relative to the embankment. Now let us suppose that our railway carriage is again travelling along the railway lines with the velocity v, and that its direction is the same as that of the ray of light, but its velocity of course much less. Let us inquire about the velocity of propagation of the ray of light relative to the carriage. It is obvious that we can here apply the consideration of the previous section, since the ray of light plays the part of the man walking along relatively to the carriage. The velocity W of the man relative to the embankment is here replaced by the velocity of light relative to the embankment. w is the required velocity of light with respect to the carriage, and we have w = c - v. The velocity of propagation of a ray of light relative to the carriage thus comes out smaller than c. But this result comes into conflict with the principle of relativity set forth in Section V."

That is, according to Einstein, the Galilean-Newtonian addition of velocities, w=c-v, "comes into conflict with the principle of relativity". Of all the Einsteinians inhabiting the Earth during the last century, not one could think of a reason why this glaring lie should be questioned, let alone rejected.

Pentcho Valev

Date Subject Author
8/19/14 Pentcho Valev
8/19/14 YBM
8/19/14 Pentcho Valev
8/19/14 Scott Berg