posted on Feb, 26 2010 @ 11:10 AM
When I took Modern Physics, the first analogy in the first 5 pages of the text book was mathematically wrong. It was a simple analogy comparing an
observer of a boat race in a current. One boat goes across the stream and the other boat goes down stream and back up. According to their relativity
math, the boat that goes across the stream and back will win every time, according to most common conceptions, they should tie because the net
effective of the current is zero, but according to "real" math from an engineering standpoint, the one that goes across the stream will "waste"
energy in both directions in order to maintain a straight path, or it will drift and its path will be longer, either way it always loses!
So, we know from engineering and real world scenarios that the very first simple analogy is wrong. From that analogy they developed several
experiments and "proved" their theory.
The most common apparatus is the spinning wheel.
I believe the spinning wheel is wrong, because it doesn't account for several forces acting on the system. It is contained to the sun and the orbit
of the earth and the motion of the wheel, but . . . . . what about the rotation of the earth and the motion of the sun around the galaxy and the
motion of the galaxy itself? The experiment relies on some very fine and technical measurements to draw a very large conclusion, and yet it ignores
the largest parameters. The speed of the earth around the sun is negligible when compared to the speed of the earth around the galaxy?
Did the experimenters take into account the exact motion of the their apparatus at the exact time of the experiment? Their reference system at 9 am
is entirely different than it is at 9 pm. Their latitude and longitude on the surface of the earth will affect their measurement, so one University
cannot reproduce what another University does without taking that into account. The season, the moon phase, etc..
Our scientists are all too willing to trust their advanced instruments even when the guy paddling the boat is crying out that they are wrong!