# Special Relativity

Ian Goddard (igoddard@netkonnect.net)
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 04:11:54 -0400

At 03:15 AM 6/23/98 -0400, Daniel Fabulich wrote:

>On Tue, 23 Jun 1998, Ian Goddard wrote:
>
>> In sum,
>>
>> THIS is what observer A sees:
>> _________
>> B's ruler: ||||||||||| = smaller (-)
>> |_________|
>> ___________________
>> A's ruler: | | | | | | | | | | | = larger (+)
>> |___________________|
>
>Oops! There you go again! A's ruler is *0* relative to A!

IAN: Ya, and 0 is larger than -1, and
thus A's ruler is larger relative to B's.

Whether you like it or not, of the two rulers
above, one is larger and one is smaller at the
same time in the same frame of reference. Sorry.

>> Because a measure of relative size is simply a
>> measure of difference, we could've ascertained
>> a priori that the change in size would sum to
>> 0 by observing that as a rule, the sum of
>> all differences between all numerical
>> measurements always equals zero:
>>
>> 0 1 2 3
>> ____________
>> 0 | 0 1 2 3 |
>> | |
>> 1 |-1 0 1 2 |
>> | |
>> 2 |-2 -1 0 1 |
>> | |
>> 3 |-3 -2 -1 0 |
>> --------------
>
>Shame it breaks down under special relativity. Back to the drawing board,
>eh?

IAN: Sorry to keep spoiling your spoiler
Dan, but, as you know, the net difference
between -1 and 0 = 0. You keep twisting
what I say into my saying "A is larger by
relation to A," even as it's exactly NOT
what I'm saying... over and over again.

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