Archive for the ‘Einstein’s Mistakes’ Category

Episode 22 is the Failure of Einstein’s Spherical Wave Proof presentation that I delivered at the 17th Annual NPA Conference held at California State University, Long Beach on 23, June 2010.  It is essentially the “Director’s Cut” of Episode 21, and expands on that material.  It shows that Einstein’s Relativity Theory derivation fails because of the failure in the Spherical Wave Proof.  Specifically, this episode covers the following:

  • Explains why the Spherical Wave Proof is The Essential Proof that established Relativity Theory
  • Shows the failure of Einstein’s Spherical Wave Proof as a failure to develop a second sphere
  • Identifies the belief that the proof passes as the result of a “False Positive”, or “Type I Error”
  • Discusses implications of the failure on terms like Length Contraction, Space-Time Curvature, and Time Dilation

Viewers who have watched Episode 21 will find much of the material familiar.

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The Failure of the Einstein-Lorentz Spherical Wave Proof

Posted by Steven Bryant On March - 23 - 2010


The Failure of the Einstein-Lorentz Spherical Wave Proof
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This paper reveals a subtle, yet extremely significant oversight in Einstein’s Spherical Wave Proof. Once identified and corrected, it also shows that the proof fails, which means that Einstein cannot establish the relationship between the constancy of the speed of light and the principle of relativity.

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Episode 21 – The Failure of Einstein’s Spherical Wave Proof

Posted by Steven Bryant On March - 21 - 2010

We have offered many mathematical and conceptual challenges to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. In Episode 21, we offer compelling evidence that Einstein’s Spherical Wave Proof fails. Without this proof, Einstein cannot establish a relationship between Relativity and the constancy of the speed of light; a cornerstone characteristic of the theory.

This Episode reexamines the key characteristics of a Sphere, and uses those characteristics to show why Einstein’s proof actually fails. The following specific points are covered in this video:

  • A look at Einstein’s Spherical Wave Proof
  • A look at the textual and mathematical requirements of a Sphere
  • Review of Einstein’s work to show that his equations do not satisfy the requirements

In addition to the video, a PDF version of the presentation is available for download.
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“I live 20 miles per hour from the University.” Is that statement confusing?  It should be.  In Episode 20, we take a look at Rates and Functions, and discuss how they have been mistreated for the past century.  More importantly, we’ll take a look at how key concepts and mathematics can get confused if we don’t say the right thing.  For example, would you feel confused if I had began with “I live 20 miles from the University.”?  This Episode is a replay of a presentation that I delivered the Pacific Region AAAS conference at San Francisco State University in August 2009.

This Episode summarizes and synthesizes a lot of the material we’ve looked at over the past 9 videos.  New visitors will find that it serves as a good introduction to the material on the site.

The following specific points are covered in this video:

  • A brief history of moving systems equations and SRT
  • A look at the mathematical and conceptual mistakes we’re still making today
  • Revisiting the improved results to the Michelson-Morley and Ives-Stillwell equations
  • Implications on position-based navigation systems

In addition to the video, a PDF version of the presentation is available for download.
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Mistake Identification – Introduction

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 8 - 2009

Revised: Sept. 24, 2011

A case against Relativity theory requires several elements.  First, there has to be an alternative model – such as Modern Classical Mechanics – that explains things with better accuracy than Relativity theory.  Second, the alternative model should support physical behaviors (that are prohibited by Relativity theory); which are then experimentally confirmed.  An example of this could be found in the recently announced CERN experiment where they have found sub-atomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light.  Such a prediction is supported by Modern Classical Mechanics, but prohibited by Relativity theory.

The CERN experimental findings go hand-in-hand with the findings of mathematical and conceptual mistakes in Einstein’s work.  Now, these mistakes are very difficult to find, especially when you consider that Relativity makes some very good predictions.  But, we now have cases where Modern Classical Mechanics makes better predictions and, in the case of the CERN experiment, supports an experimental finding that Relativity theory says is not possible.

Episode 23 introduces Modern Classical Mechanics.  We also discussed the nuances between it and Relativity theory that result in the latter needing concepts like Time Dilation, Length Contraction, and the Twin Paradox.  We also review a conceptual mistake where Einstein talks about about time, without realizing that he is really talking about length.  Imaging the mistakes you might make if you look at your ruler, but think you’re looking at your watch!

As indicated in Episode 20wavelength is commonly misstated as a measure (e.g., meters) when, in fact, it should be correctly stated as a rate (e.g., meters per cycle).  This is a significant conceptual and mathematical problem in Einstein’s work.

Most people would know a circle when you see one, and you’d be able to tell it apart from an oval.  But if you don’t treat the math equation in just the right way, you might think that you have a circle when you really have an oval.  This is essentially the mistake Einstein makes in his proof that establishes Relativity.  You’ll see this covered in Episode 22.

Readers familiar with namespaces and overloaded variables, and their relationship with functions, will find the mistake that happen when mistreating a function as an equation.  This is addressed in Episode 17 of the Podcast Series – A Look at Einstein’s 1905 Derivation (Video).  Simply stated, Einstein mistreats the Tau function as if it were an equation. Readers without this background will find the algebra-based approach given in the Storrs Conference Presentation (Video), easier to follow. Interestingly, Einstein and Lorentz drop a Beta term in each of their respective derivations.  This point is also discussed briefly in Episode 17 of the Podcast series.

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Mistake Identification – Function Method (Advanced Method)

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 7 - 2009

Identification of the problem in Einstein’s 1905 derivation is best performed using the formal tools and techniques of Computer Science. I have found that this discipline offers a superior method of explaining how functions work and provides a specific notation that makes it easy to view the problem.

Begin by considering the following pseudo-code:
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Mistake Identification – Algebraic Method (Easier Method)

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 6 - 2009

Here we summarize Einstein’s Xi derivation as given in his 1905 paper. As illustrated in the following figure, Einstein begins with one math statement and then performs three algebraic substitutions.
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