Volume 21: Pages 96-102, 2008
Special relativity arising from a misunderstanding of experimental results on the constant speed of light
Zifeng Li 1
1Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, Hebei 066004, China
All experiments show that the speed of light relative to its source measured in vacuum is constant. Einstein interpreted this fact such that any ray of light moves in the “stationary” system with a fixed velocity c, whether the ray is emitted by a stationary or by a moving body, and established special relativity accordingly. This paper reviews basic hypotheses and view-points of space-time relationship in special relativity; analyzes derivation processes and the mistakes in the Lorentz transformation and Einstein’s original paper. The transformation between two coordinate systems moving uniformly relative to one another is established. It is shown that special relativity based upon the Lorentz transformation is not correct, and that the relative speed between two objects can be faster than the speed of light.
Keywords: Special Relativity, Light Speed, Einstein, Lorentz Transformation
Received: January 4, 2006; Accepted: April 2, 2008; Published Online: January 15, 2009