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Special Relativity: A Reexamination of the Second Postulate and of Space Contraction and Time Dilation

Klevgard, Paul A. (2014) Special Relativity: A Reexamination of the Second Postulate and of Space Contraction and Time Dilation. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Pure entities consist of mass or energy without the presence of the other: the inertial rest mass is all mass and no kinetic energy (no velocity); the photon is all kinetic energy and no (rest) mass. Pure entities may be compared at the ontological level (for form, progression in a dimension, extension in a dimension and storage). From this analysis it is shown that Einstein’s second postulate of special relativity (constant speed of light) is actually derivative from a more fundamental attribute of all pure entities. Part two of this essay focuses on the space contraction and time dilation of moving physical objects. Arguments against attributing these changes to space and time itself (Minkowski) are offered. Instead, the roles of kinetic energy and of de Broglie wave effects are presented as a better explanation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Klevgard, Paul A.pklevgard@gmail.com
Keywords: relativity, speed of light, Einstein, Minkowski, second postulate, dilation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Dr. Paul Klevgard
Date Deposited: 02 May 2014 06:04
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2014 13:47
Item ID: 10645
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 14 April 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10645

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