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Old December 21st 14, 06:59 PM posted to sci.astro
Pentcho Valev
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Scientific method: Defend the integrity of physics, George Ellis, Joe Silk, Nature 516, 321-323 (18 December 2014)

For the moment the string theory and the multiverse are being attacked but these are metastases; soon "the root of all the evil" will have to be eradicated:

Joao Magueijo, Faster Than the Speed of Light, p. 250: "Lee [Smolin] and I discussed these paradoxes at great length for many months, starting in January 2001. We would meet in cafés in South Kensington or Holland Park to mull over the problem. THE ROOT OF ALL THE EVIL WAS CLEARLY SPECIAL RELATIVITY. All these paradoxes resulted from well known effects such as length contraction, time dilation, or E=mc^2, all basic predictions of special relativity. And all denied the possibility of establishing a well-defined border, common to all observers, capable of containing new quantum gravitational effects."

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Old December 22nd 14, 02:16 PM posted to sci.astro
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Einstein's relativity is doomed - the speed of light obviously varies with the speed of the observer. Consider a light source emitting a series of pulses the distance between which is d (e.g. d = 300000 km). A stationary observer (receiver) measures the frequency of the pulses to be f = c/d:


The observer starts moving with (small) speed v towards the light source - the measured frequency shifts from f = c/d to f' = (c+v)/d:


Question: Why does the frequency shift from f = c/d to f' = (c+v)/d ?

Answer 1 (fatal for Einstein's relativity): Because the speed of the pulses relative to the observer shifts from c to c' = c+v.

Answer 2 (possibly saving Einstein's relativity): Because...

There is no reasonable statement that could become Answer 2.

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