Disruptive: Rewriting the rules of physics is now available!

Posted by Steven Bryant On January - 2 - 2016

I am thrilled to share that my new book, Disruptive: Rewriting the rules of physics, is available for pre–order at Barnes & Noble and at Amazon.com! Disruptive is a thought–provoking book, one that introduces a new unified model called Modern Mechanics, and explains where and why Einstein’s theory went wrong. It will fundamentally change our […]






Episode 23 – Introduction to Modern Classical Mechanics

Posted by Steven Bryant On July - 18 - 2011

Modern Classical Mechanics is a new, intuitive, model that yields better than 100 times the accuracy of the Einstein-Lorentz equations in several experiments including Michelson-Morley and Ives-Stillwell!  Because it distinguishes between Length and Wavelength, its theoretical explanations avoid non-intuitive concepts like time dilation, length contraction, and the twin paradox; each of which are required by […]






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 […]






Episode 20 – AAAS Conference Presentation – Averages, Rates, and Functions

Posted by Steven Bryant On August - 29 - 2009

“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 […]






Episode 19 (Video) – The Meaning of Moving Systems Models (CICS and SRT)

Posted by Steven Bryant On June - 15 - 2009

Do you want to know what Time Dilation is and why Einstein needed it to make Relativity work? In Episode 19, we explain what things mean.   We’ll talk about the main concepts that are important for each moving system model – Newton, Lorentz, Einstein, and the CICS Model. After watching this episode, you should […]






Episode 18 (Video) – Part 2 – Comparative Analysis of Moving Systems Models

Posted by Steven Bryant On October - 6 - 2008

In Episode 18, I present Part 2 of a 2 part presentation delivered at the AAAS/NPA Conference held in April 2008 at the University of New Mexico.  This presentation compares and contrasts the models presented by Michelson-Morley, Lorentz, Einstein, and myself – clearly outlining the key assumptions behind each model.  In addition, I summarize the […]






Episode 20 – AAAS Conference Presentation – Averages, Rates, and Functions

Posted by Steven Bryant On August - 29 - 2009Comments Off on Episode 20 – AAAS Conference Presentation – Averages, Rates, and Functions

“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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Episode 19 (Video) – The Meaning of Moving Systems Models (CICS and SRT)

Posted by Steven Bryant On June - 15 - 2009Comments Off on Episode 19 (Video) – The Meaning of Moving Systems Models (CICS and SRT)

Do you want to know what Time Dilation is and why Einstein needed it to make Relativity work? In Episode 19, we explain what things mean.   We’ll talk about the main concepts that are important for each moving system model – Newton, Lorentz, Einstein, and the CICS Model. After watching this episode, you should be able to explain the key concepts of Relativity such as Time Dilation and Length Contraction.  This knowledge is beneficial to both supporters of, and challengers to, Special Relativity.  We will explain why Einstein needed these terms for this theory to make sense and how they are based on an incomplete understanding of Transformations and Wavelength. And we’ll address why our modern understanding of Transformations and Wavelength, as incorporated into the CICS Model, results in a model that is free of Time Dilation and Length Contraction. This video ends with a comparison of the moving system models and where they differ conceptually from one another.

The following specific points are covered in this video

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The Significance of Distinguishing Functions from Algebraic Equations

Posted by Steven Bryant On March - 17 - 2009Comments Off on The Significance of Distinguishing Functions from Algebraic Equations

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The Significance of Distinguishing Functions from Algebraic Equations
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Summary

This paper answers the question from a syntax perspective:  “Why is the ‘t’ variable in Einstein’s Tau equation different than the ‘t’ variable in the x’=x-vt equation“?  In answering this question, the concepts of scope, namespaces, global variables, and local variables are introduced.

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39 Rules for Being a Scientific Change Agent versus a Crackpot

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 10 - 2009Comments Off on 39 Rules for Being a Scientific Change Agent versus a Crackpot

Last year , a friend posted to his blog a brief excerpt of an NPR radio show which pitted a Special Relativity challenger against one of its supporters. During the introduction, the reporter mentioned a test developed by a UC Riverside mathematician. This test, The Crackpot Index , is a combination of satire and seriousness. In reality, it highlights a number of common pitfalls that are repeatedly made by those challenging the establishment. If you score too high on this test, you will be labeled a Crackpot.

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Mistake Identification – Introduction

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 8 - 2009Comments Off on Mistake Identification – Introduction

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.

I hope you enjoy the material at RelativityChallenge.com.

Welcome to RelativityChallenge.com

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 8 - 2009Comments Off on Welcome to RelativityChallenge.com

“I never could figure out how rods got shorter simply by travelling at higher velocities or how time (which doesn’t appear to be a “thing”) could actually dilate.  Your Episode #20 was excellent, showing the critical difference between length and rates.  So that’s it!  Those things don’t really happen.”
Glenn Borchardt, PhD

Odds are that you’ve arrived here because you either 1) are convinced that something is wrong with Einstein’s theory of Relativity and want to explore what that might be or 2) you believe that Special Relativity is right and want to know what people who disagree with his theory are saying.

Regardless of the reason that brought you here, I hope that as you explore the materials on the site you’ll learn something new. We cover a lot of material ranging from the specifics around Einstein’s mistake, to the introduction of an alternative model, to a review of some of the more well known scientific experiments related to Special Relativity.

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A Brute-Force Mathematical Challenge to Special Relativity

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 7 - 2009Comments Off on A Brute-Force Mathematical Challenge to Special Relativity

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A Brute-Force Mathematical Challenge to Special Relativity

Summary

This paper uses real values to illustrate the problem with Einstein’s 1905 derivation of the Xi (or X-axis) transformation equation. It also discusses the root cause of the problem and why it has been an illusive problem to uncover.

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Revisiting the Michelson and Morley Experiment

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 7 - 2009Comments Off on Revisiting the Michelson and Morley Experiment

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Revisiting the Michelson and Morley experiment to reveal an Earth orbital velocity of 30 kilometers per second

Summary

This paper reevaluates the Michelson-Morley experiment from the perspective of frequency using the superposition of waves principle. This reanalysis reveals their detection of an Earth orbital velocity of 30 km/s.

This finding supports the CICS model and questions special relativity on experimental grounds.

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Revisiting the Ives and Stillwell Atomic Clock Experiment

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 7 - 2009Comments Off on Revisiting the Ives and Stillwell Atomic Clock Experiment

Title

Revisiting the Ives and Stillwell experiment: Comparing the accuracy of SRT against the model of Complete and Incomplete Coordinate Systems

Summary

This paper compares the predicted results of SRT and the CICS model against the actual results of the Ives Stillwell experiment. CICS is shown to predict the results of the experiment as well as, or better than, SRT.

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Understanding and Correcting Einstein’s 1905 Time Transformation

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 7 - 2009Comments Off on Understanding and Correcting Einstein’s 1905 Time Transformation

Title

Understanding and Correcting Einstein’s 1905 Time Transformation

Summary

This paper reveals the root cause of the mistake in Einstein’s 1905 paper. It derives the time and length transformations, algebraically, revealing the problem of Einstein’s mistreatment of the time “function” as an “equation.”

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