Lorentz Horses and Maxwell Flexures on Laputa
Year: 2010 Pages: 6
Inquiries into the Gulliveresque velocity-modifications, on the flying island Laputa, of the strengths of the draught horses, and the elastic properties of solids, necessary for the validity of relativity. The velocity-modifications uniquely demanded by relativity in one experimental situation are then found to result in conflicts with relativity in other experimental situations. Such conflicts in the elastic flexures of beams, unless credibly resolved, could provide means for the self-determination of the absolute motion of Laputa from purely internal experimental procedures, and present yet other posers for the relativity theorists.