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Lorentz' Contraction.!?

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Posted by John Rohde on November 4, 2000 22:34:14 UTC

I've read several books on Space-time physics (mostly relativity) and surprising enough none of them got too much into contraction of length at higher speed.
Well I got 3 chapters through "The Elegent Universe" and was just pissed that i didn't understand the contraction part of Relativity. So I went out and bought Einstein's book "Relativity" to help me out and that just goes straight into the mathematics with little build up (And i'm a year from Calculus at my high school/ well i'm in pre-calc but that doesn't count) anyways since "Elegent Universe" does a crappy job of explaining it (even the time dilation part was confusing and i understand that pretty well including some of the mathematics) could someone help me out.

basically would someone please explain/clarify/simplify/give some examples with limited math/etc...

Thanks
chuck

P.S. ahhh, this is about blackholes because when you near a blackhole and experiencing time dilation, i want to know how you experience length contraction. Plus some other examples... thanks again.

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