Critical analysis of the main premises of special relativity: Lorentz & Minkowski

Completed on 14-Jun-2015 (14 days)

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The tremendous impact of the Theory of relativity (and of A. Einstein) in the popular culture during almost the last 100 years was precisely the main reason to abandon the original version of this project 10 years ago. After having confirmed the low practical impact of the proposed critic and seen some initial (indifferent) reactions, I wondered why going further with something which might hurt some egos or even affect the faith of some people? To not mention the big impact of this theory on Modern Physics and a relevant proportion of the theoretical approaches after it.

As already explained, this project has been exclusively created for self-promotion purposes. More specifically and in application of Expectations 2.0, it should help me to approach a specific type of potential clients and to undoubtedly show my attitude (e.g., not having said a word in 10 years or critically analysing such a theory).

Nevertheless, I didn't start thinking about creating this project until after having satisfactorily addressed all my aforementioned concerns, mainly by relying on the two following ideas:
  • On one hand, we have the science vs. religion bipartition with the associated properly-grounded vs. faith-based ideas. Even in case of considering as many intermediate stages as required (e.g., scientific-based argumentation until certain point), it seems that each approach should be accurately-enough positioned. Thus, if you want to call your theory pure science, you shouldn't mind well-reasoned criticism; or alternatively, in case of accepting a partially-religious essence, you might rely on some dogmas to plainly ignore any critic.
  • Another quite-convincing-to-me reason resulted from my recent realisation about the negative impact that certain attitudes (i.e., not having the required knowledge but making decisions affecting others anyway) can have on people like me (i.e., completely aware about what do/don't know and making all the decision on account of such an understanding). This has provoked the transformation of my previous "don't want to hurt feelings" into "why should I tolerate some people to unfairly damage others (myself among them)?".

In summary, the conclusions of this project (i.e., the Theory of relativity is wrong) can have a very relevant effect on quite a few fronts on account of the almost-divine status which this theory and its author have acquired. I will not analyse any of these implications, not even give my opinion about the likely-to-be-provoked attitudes. This is an objectivity-focused critic (i.e., mathematical derivation objectively wrong) which is expected to be analysed from an objective perspective. I hope that the aforementioned clarifications (together with the ones written in other sections) will avoid this project and me getting involved in any kind of faith-based discussion.