Einstein's Terrible Twins
and other tales of relativistic woe
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 correct. Special Relativity thus predicts 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 continues to be considered an all-time scientific genius. The article examines the details of this, and the historical, political and social factors behind it. It considers further the basics of General Relativity, and also Einstein as a person. A companion article looks at the general concepts of 'space', 'time' and a 'universe'.
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, that catapulted Einstein to world fame. The question is: will Mainstream Physics take this opportunity to finally now admit the experiment'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"? Or will the shoddy cover-up be perpetuated for another 100 years? (Any bets?)
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