fredag 19 juli 2019

Special Relativity: Unphysical Event Theory

A great physics event: Einstein's Nobel Prize reception speech about his special theory of relativity presented to a stunned  King Gustav V in middle front row at the Gothenburg Words Fair in 1923.  Notable is that Einstein did not speak about the law of the photoelectric effect, for which he was awarded the Prize, along with the remark by the Nobel Committee that Einstein did not get the prize because of his special theory of relativity but despite of it!  Here x = Gothenburg and t = 1923 with the space-time coordinates (x,t) telling nothing about the physics of the event.
It was Einstein who introduced the concept of event to physics in his 1905 article presenting his new revolutionary theory of special relativity as follows:
  • We have to take into account that all our judgements in which time plays a part are always judgements of simultaneous events. If, for instance, I say: "That train arrives here at 7 o'clock" I mean something like this: "The pointing of the small hand of my watch and the arrival of the train are simultaneous events". 
We here meet both the concept of event and the qualification of simultaneous events. We learn that the time of an event is something which can be recorded by the hand of a watch while the event itself can be just anything. The time of an event is thus identified with measurement while the physical nature of the event appears to be irrelevant. It can be a train arriving at station or anything. In previous posts we have also noted that an event according to Einstein has no extension in space and thus can be recorded with a single space coordinate and reading of a clock. 

Altogether, we find evidence that the notion of event used by Einstein has no real physical meaning, which suggests that his special relativity about events is not a theory about physical reality, only an empty play with definitions. Einstein's mastery was that he could turn this emptiness into shining physics blinding the world of both professional physicists and media, if not ordinary people who simply where confused.

Einstein's mastery is exercised through a double play between reality and  illusion as revealed in Physik Zeitschrift 12, p 509, 1911:
  • The question whether the Lorentz contraction does or does not exist is confusing. It does not really exist in so far as it does not exist for an observer who moves (with the rod); it really exists, however, in the sense that it can as a matter of principle be demonstrated by a resting observer.
We read that Einstein considers the Lorentz transformation with its built-in Lorentz contraction to be a matter of principle,  in other words is a tautology true by definition, something which does not really exist and thus is empty of physical meaning and thus is unphysical. It is a complete mystery that modern physicists have been so overwhelmed by Einstein's form of jokery that all rational thought has evaporated. 

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