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Prof. Herbert Dingle
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Prof. Herbert Dingle (Abstracts)
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  • The Twins Paradox of Special Relativity (1980) [Updated 3 years ago]
    by Herbert Dingle   read the paper:

    Published posthumously (Oct 1980), Dingle's last paper restates his reciprocity argument against special relativity. This unique document also includes and obituary of Dingle and a sidebar entry entitled "Why Not Discuss Relativity?" by Dr. Ian McCausland.


  • Note on Mr Keswani's articles, Origin and Concept of Relativity (1965) [Updated 4 years ago]

    A response to G. H. Keswani, "Origin and Concept of Relativity, Parts I, II, III", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, V15-17.


  • On Inertial Reference Frames (1962) [Updated 4 years ago]
    by Herbert Dingle   read the paper:

    It is the universal practice in physics, when describing the motion of a body, to choose a reference frame, i.e. some real or imaginary physical structure which is said to be "at rest", and then the motion of any other body is defined as its motion relatively to that. Of the various possible frames of reference, that known as an inertial system -- formerly, and still sometimes, called a Galilean or Newtonian system. or frame of reference -- appears in the literature of relativity with a frequency unapproached by any other, and motion with respect to it is generally regarded as having a special significance. It is therefore of the first importance, both for theoretical reasons and on account of the possible effects in circumstances in which miscalculations may have dire results, that the meaning of the term, inertial system, shall be clearly understood, and that the term shall be used always in the same sense.

    Unfortunately, these conditions are far from. being fulfilled. It is the purpose of this paper, first, to bring to light the widespread confusion that exists on this point; secondly, to show that existing ideas, notwithstanding their variety, are almost unanimously incompatible with the conception of inertial systems held by Einstein and regarded by him as indispensable for the proper understanding of his theories; and finally, to correct an outstanding example of this misunderstanding which might otherwise have unfortunate effects.


  • The Origin and Present Status of the Special Relativity Theory (1960) [Updated 3 years ago]
    by Herbert Dingle   read the paper:

    The special theory of relativity is now so much an accepted part of physics that its origins and early history tend to be forgotten, and they are largely unknown to the younger theoretical physicists of today. In view of recent difficulties that have arisen in connection with the theory, and particularly in view of the fact that an alternative theory of Ritz's, which was thought to have been disproved, has now been shown to be a distinct possibility, the occasion Beem's opportune for a review of the circumstances in which the theory arose and developed. and for an appraisal of its present status. The purpose of this article is to supply these desiderata...