Special Relativity Arising from a Misunderstanding of Experimental Results on the Constant Speed of Light

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Scientific Paper
Title Special Relativity Arising from a Misunderstanding of Experimental Results on the Constant Speed of Light
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Author(s) Zifeng Li
Keywords special relativity, light speed, Einstein, Lorentz transformation
Published 2008
Journal Physics Essays
Volume 21
Number 2
No. of pages 7
Pages 1-7

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Abstract

Also published in:

  • Science, 2007, (19): 81-86. (in simplified Chinese)
  • New Science and Technology, 2005, (3):3-11. (in traditional Chinese)

All experiments show that the speed of light relative to its source measured in vacuum is constant. Einstein interpreted this fact such that any ray of light moves in the "stationary" system with a fixed velocity c, whether the ray is emitted by a stationary or by a moving body, and established Special Relativity accordingly. This paper reviews basic hypotheses and viewpoints of space-time relationship in Special Relativity; analyzes derivation processes and the mistakes in the Lorentz transformation and Einstein's original paper. The transformation between two coordinate systems moving uniformly relatively to another is established. It is shown that Special Relativity based upon the Lorentz transformation is not correct, and that the relative speed between two objects can be faster than the speed of light.