Einstein's Terrible Twins
Einstein's Special Relativity is based on two assumptions, the so-called Einstein postulates. The "constant speed of light" postulate leads to the conclusion that for two inertial observers, for instance two twins in spaceships free-floating in outer space, each sees the other's clock running slower than his own. The "no absolute at-rest" postulate says that both perceptions are equally valid – effectively that two clocks can in fact each run slower than the other. The logical incoherence of this makes a nonsense of the postulates, and by extension of Special Relativity itself. In spite of which, more than a century later Special Relativity is still an official scientific doctrine official, and its creator Albert Einstein is considered a scientific genius. The article looks at the historical, political and social factors behind this. It further considers the basics of General Relativity, in particular the likewise nonsensical concept of "curved space-time". And also Einstein as a person.
The 6th of November 2019 will see the centenary of the London Royal Society meeting that triumphantly announced the May 1919 eclipse expedition's alleged "confirmation" of General Relativity, catapulting Einstein to world fame. The question is: will Mainstream Physics take this opportunity to finally admit the result's fraudulence. Having been – in Nobel laureate Maurice Allais' words – "based on a handful of data points massaged more thoroughly than a side of Kobe beef? And who knows, Mainstream Physics might also finally admit that Special Relativity's contention that two clocks can each run slower than the other is logically incoherent, and that SR is therefore wrong? Or will the shoddy cover-up be perpetuated for another 100 years? (Any bets?)
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