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Ardeshir Mehta
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Ardeshir Mehta (Abstracts)
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  • The Single Best Argument Against Special Relativity (2002) [Updated 2 years ago]
    by Ardeshir Mehta   read the paper:

    Imagine two objects, A and B, in rectilinear motion past one another. Imagine
    that B has a nice big ?X? marked on it.
    Now applying the equations of Special Relativity, how much time should it take
    for A to pass by the spot X marked on B, as measured by a stop watch carried on
    board A? Special Relativity requires that this time be calculated using the Lorentz
    transformation. And the Lorentz transformation requires that the stop watch
    should show a lesser time for this event if it is calculated under the assumption
    that A is moving and B is stationary, than it would if the time were calculated
    under the assumption that B is moving and A is stationary. Thus the Lorentz
    transformation requires the readings on the stop watch to be calculated to be
    different, depending on whether A is assumed to be moving or stationary. The
    Principle of Relativity, however, which affirms that there is no such thing as absolute
    rectilinear motion, requires that there be no way to tell which one of the
    two, A or B, is moving. Therefore the Principle of Relativity requires that the
    times are calculated to be the same, no matter whether it is assumed that A is
    moving and B is stationary, or that B is moving and A is stationary.
    But of course it is impossible, both logically and mathematically, for a single
    mathematical problem to have both the same and different answers. (Heck, even
    my twelve-year-old younger son can grasp this!) So the Theory of Special Relativity
    must be logically as well as mathematically flawed, and we, along with
    my twelve-year-old, can all see that the Emperor Albert has no clothes on.

  • Einstein Twin Paradox Revisted (2000) [Updated 9 years ago]
    by Ardeshir Mehta   read the paper:

    Joe and Moe, twins born within minutes of each other, take different paths in life. Joe
    becomes a lawyer, and spends pretty much all his time on earth. Moe joins NASA
    while still in high school, and signs up for NASA?s first interstellar voyage, scheduled
    to take about 50 years of earth time. (Joe once took a two-week holiday at the Orbit
    Hilton, just to see what it?s like, and decided that the pleasures of zero-g are not for him.)