|We don't prove real
|Adapted for the Internet from:
Why God Doesn't Exist
Fig. 1 Objective length contraction: Real versus Apparent
The Way of Physics
|Two comets are about to collide at a point calculated in advance. The larger
comet is traveling at near-c; therefore, relativity predicts that it will contract
in the direction of travel. Here I illustrate two scenarios merely to underscore
the meaning of the word 'real' for the purposes of the instant explanation.
cosmetic, the large comet does NOT contract in actuality and
the little comet crashes into it, squashing the naïve relativist.
(Sorry! I just couldn't resist pulverizing him!)
Right: If the larger comet contracts in actuality as predicted by
relativity, the collision never happens.
'measured' as 30 meters)
|(e.g., 100 meters 'actually
compressed' to 30 meters)
|Gimme back my pants, you
stupid woman! Don't you know
anything about relativity? The
pants are going to contract if
you wash them that fast!