Understanding through Discussion

Welcome! You are not logged in. [ Login ]
EvC Forum active members: 83 (9005 total)
46 online now:
dwise1, PaulK, Tangle, youwerecreatedbyjc (4 members, 42 visitors)
Newest Member: kanthesh
Upcoming Birthdays: AdminPhat
Post Volume: Total: 881,036 Year: 12,784/23,288 Month: 509/1,527 Week: 188/207 Day: 10/39 Hour: 0/5

Announcements: Topic abandonment warning (read and/or suffer the consequences)

Thread  Details

Email This Thread
Newer Topic | Older Topic
Author Topic:   Misconceptions in Relativity
Member (Idle past 2266 days)
Posts: 4129
From: UK
Joined: 06-16-2005

Message 1 of 2 (503672)
03-21-2009 4:50 AM

Over at THE END OF EVOLUTION thread, Lucy the Ape claimed that I had stated that "mass increases with velocity", and that I was wrong. Well, if I had ever made such a vague statement, I would probably have to agree that it is wrong. But equally wrong would be the statement "mass does not increase with velocity". Both are "wrong" in their vagueness, and both can be correct given the right context.

This thread is to explore and banish the myriad of misconceptions that arise in Relativity (and related physics areas). We can look at the "paradoxes" of Special Relativity, revisit Percy's favourite topic of cosmological vs doppler red-shift, and delve into black holes, wormholes and time-travel... QM could do with a thread of its own, but there could well be some overlap.

The idea is for brief responses that may lead, if interest dictates, to new threads on specific topics. I would prefer not to get bogged down in any one area in this thread. My time can be limited, so hopefully Son Goku can jump in and help, plus anyone else who thinks they can clarify a situation. But as it is a thread on banishing misconceptions, I will not be pulling any punches if replies start to exacerbate those misconceptions ;)

Lucy the Ape has introduced our first misconception, so I suggest we start there...

Big Bang and Cosmology, please...

Edited by cavediver, : No reason given.

Posts: 4754
From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Joined: 11-11-2003

Message 2 of 2 (503710)
03-21-2009 9:59 AM

Thread copied to the Misconceptions in Relativity thread in the Big Bang and Cosmology forum, this copy of the thread has been closed.

Newer Topic | Older Topic
Jump to:

Copyright 2001-2018 by EvC Forum, All Rights Reserved

™ Version 4.0 Beta
Innovative software from Qwixotic © 2020