March 25, 2016
Special Relativity has been examined from first principles, and its deficiencies are pointed out from the author’s perspective. The analysis is wholly based on concepts of classical mechanics and is purely theoretical. Therefore, no references are made to any related experimental work. The relativistic concepts of time dilation and length contraction, which relativity claims to be real, are shown to be illusionary perceptions. And the claim that the mass varies with its velocity is shown to be a concept introduced arbitrarily to make the principle of conservation of momentum to hold under conditions that it doesn’t. As for the equivalence of mass and energy, E = m0c2 , it is derived from the kinetic energy, but the author cannot find any logical arguments to extrapolate its validity for the equivalence of mass and energy.