Why did Einstein propose something that is totally counterintuitive?
How did he convince the scientific crowd that his weird, complex mathematical model is better than commonsense?
No doubt that Einstein was a great scientist and mathematician but he must have been a great magician as well. Otherwise it is difficult to believe how the scientific crowd have adorned such a weird ridiculous theory for so long, deliberately ignoring their own consciousness and logic.
For people not affected by this scientific pseudo mania, it is not difficult to realise where and how things went wrong.
When Maxwell’s’ equations predicted that light travels at 3×108m/sec, scientists wondered what was the reference point/frame to which the above speed refers.
As light was thought to travel via Ether medium, it was proposed that the predicted SOL was with reference to this Ether medium (which was thought to represent the state of absolute rest).
But as Michelson and Morley’s experiment ‘disproved’ the existence of the long believed Ether medium, some scientists thought that the SOL predicted by Maxwell’s equations must be with reference to the source (Emitter theory). Apparently this was also disproved by an experiment (neutral pion decay experiment)
As both the Ether theory and the Emitter theory were ‘disproved’, scientific masses got attracted to the special theory of relativity (SR), which said that the calculated speed of light (SOL) must be with reference to the observer.
If so, then any observer in any inertial reference frame would measure the same speed of light because SOL (3×108m/sec) is a derived value from Maxwell’s equations and hence must be the same in any reference frame.
And Einstein had shown the supporting maths which mesmerised the scientific masses. (Of course a mathematical model can be woven around any ridiculous idea!)
As SR proposed that SOL must be the same to any observer, this has lead to further counterintuitive notions like time dilation and length contraction. Relativists claim that all these weird notions were proven to be correct by many experiments like muon decay and twin flight experiments etc.
Though the chronology was not exactly the same, the above description gives the gist of how the weird theory of relativity came in and got accepted amongst the most intelligent section of the population.
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