On an Optical Paradox in Special Relativity


Special Relativity Theory (SRT) is from time to time subject to critical assaults. There are several logically deduced discrepancies inherent in SRT (paradoxes) which demand a scrupulous examination. In this paper a new thought experiment, including two frames of reference is presented. Two trains are hurtling in opposite directions past one another in a symmetrical manner, but substantially asymmetrical events occur. This consideration leads to a contradiction in the notion of “relativity of simultaneity” — the basic tenet of SRT.

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Leus, V. (2015) On an Optical Paradox in Special Relativity. Open Access Library Journal, 2, 1-7. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1101963.

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