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Z.C. I Was Quoting.

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Posted by David W. Anderson on November 16, 1999 23:34:28 UTC

Z.C. says: There is no preferred reference frame in SR. "Also it does not imply space and time are identically the same thing." All it really demonstrates is that they have an equal weight in the laws of physics and that time and space intervals do get mixed together within each-other in coordinate transformations.

Wayne, In saying time and space were the same, I was quoting from Filkin's book on S. Hawking. In it (referring to Einstein's theories and equations) he states that: ..."it emerged that time and space were MATHEMATICALLY one and the same thing." My case for not thinking of the two as one, is this mixing you refer to. Although the changes taking place relative to locations (of our two observers) within space are very small, they are being calculated as if one observer has not moved at all. This is the flaw I see. One observer may stand still on earth but he has moved, ever so slightly, relative to the sun as has our second observer. I don't think Einstein's equations take this tiny difference into consideration, and in dealing with vast distances, the farther out you get the greater the error appears. Ask any golfer with a bad hook. Or a sniper taking a thousand yard shot being off his aim by a milimeter or so.

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