A Logical Examination of Length Contraction

Sydney B. Self


  1. As defined by Special Relativity, the only distinction between time dilation and length contraction is that time delay applies to motion along all three axes of movement whereas length contraction only applies motion along the direction of the movement of the object.
  2. Our understanding of science has changed substantially since Special Relativity was published in 1905 and the present.
  3. The most important changes were:
    1. Physical time came into being when the big bang occurred.
    2. The characteristics of physical time are not the same as the characteristics of observed time.
    3. The Rossi-Hall experiment proved that time dilation was a characteristic of physical time, not of observed time.
  4. The existence of length contraction have not been proven by experiment.
  5. No logical procedure for testing the concept of length contraction has been suggested.
  6. Objects which are subjected to time dilation are treated differently than those subjected to length contraction.
  7. Items subjected to length contraction may be changed physically in unpredictable ways — how does one contract the length of water?
  8. Application of Ockham’s razor suggests that length contraction does not exist.

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