On a Physical and Mathematical Discontinuity in Relativity Theory
|Title||On a Physical and Mathematical Discontinuity in Relativity Theory|
|Keywords||discontinuity, relativity theory, isotropic reference frame, circular disk, radius, velocity of light|
An isotropic inertial reference frame ("stationary") is considererd, in which a circular disk of radius R rotates uniformly. The velocity of light  relative to the rim of the disk is calculated under very general assumptions and found to satisfy . This  remains the same if R is increased but the peripheral velocity of the disk is kept constant. Since by so doing any small part of the circumference can be considered (for a short time) better and better at rest in a ("moving") inertial system, there is a discontinuity between accelerated reference frames with arbitrarily small acceleration and inertial frames, if the velocity of light is assumed to be c in the latter. Elimination of the discontinuity is shown to imply fos inertial systems a velocity of light , necessarily equal to that obtained from recently published "inertial transformations."