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Volume 34: Pages 366-368, 2021

Special relativity as an account for a “special kind” of optical illusion

László G. Mészárosa)

2151 Fot, Deak F. 34., Hungary

Although Einstein’s special theory of relativity (STR) is more than a century old, the relation to reality of its predictions, such as length contraction, for instance, still seems obscure. Here, it is argued that the STR, by reason of observer-dependence and the contradicting nature of its predictions, describes a particular relationship of an observer to reality. Thus, it is concluded that the STR should be looked at as an account for a special kind of optical illusion.


Bien que la théorie restreinte de la relativité (TRR) d'Einstein ait plus d'un siècle, la relation avec la réalité de ses prédictions, comme la contraction de la longueur, par exemple, semble encore obscure. On soutient ici que le TRR - en raison de la dépendance de l'observateur et de la nature contradictoire de ses prédictions, décrit une relation particulière d'un observateur à la réalité. Ainsi, il est conclu que le TRR doit être considéré comme le compte d'un type spécial d'illusion d'optique.


Key words: Special Relativity; Relativity Principle; Lorentz Transformations; Contradiction; Illusion.

Received: March 4, 2021; Accepted: July 16, 2021; Published Online: August 13, 2021


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