Theory of Relativity
Saturday, December 1, 2001
An elementary particle such as a muon, when accelerated in a particle accelerator like the Stanford Linear Accelerator (or SLAC) to a speed approaching that of light, becomes many more times massive than it was when at rest.
This is an experimental test disproving the Theory of
Relativity (both the Special and the General Theory),
according to which there can be no such thing as
absolute motion. As a consequence, according to
the Theory of Relativity, acceleration and deceleration
are supposed to be equivalent in every way —
and it can therefore be equally validly said that it was
the muon before the experiment which was
originally moving at a high velocity, and that
during the experiment it was decelerated by the
magnetic and electrical fields of the apparatus and
thereby brought down in velocity.
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