Conclusions About the Simultaneity of Two Events
Year: 2003 Pages: 8
Keywords: Simultaneity, Special Relativity
A ?gedanken' experiment is presented whereby two simultaneous events (from the point of view of an obesrver in a train) trigger an explosion which destroys a train. A stationary observer using the Special Theory of Relativity (STR) to determine simultaneity in the train concludes that no simultaneous events have occurred on the train, hence the train is intact. It is pointed out that the conclusion the stationary observer makes is incorrect because it is based on STR as a method to determine simultaneity.