From the Michelson-Morley experiment, some clever experimentalist tried to derive the light speed through the “ether wind”. It is very similar to a river being rowing by sailors in a boat. The times for journey “upstream” and “downstream” are: … Continue reading

# Tag Archives: special relativity

Happy New Year 2018, dear followers! Today is a special blog post! My 200th post! After a really terrible 2017 from the viewpoint of family, health and productivity, I wish this one will be a great year for me and … Continue reading

Old (old fashioned!) Quantum Mechanics is understood as the quantum theory before its final formulation around 1927-1931…It includes the Bohr model, the Wilson-Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization and some other tricks like the one to take into account the finite nuclear size. For … Continue reading

Hi, folks! Before the upcoming series of thematic blog posts (they are on their way, eager readers), I found a very interesting paper to discuss. The paper is this http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.1820 and the pdf file can be found here http://arxiv.org/pdf/1408.1820v1.pdf . The author of the … Continue reading

Dedicated to my followers, to my (cyber)friends around all over the globe, to those patient people who have been waiting for this reboot and also to Marvel for bringing us Guardians of the Galaxy in a superb and wonderful live-action … Continue reading

Dedicated to Niels Bohr and his atomic model (1913-2013) 1st part: A centenary model This is a blog entry devoted to the memory of a great scientist, N. Bohr, one of the greatest master minds during the 20th century, one … Continue reading

In the next group theory threads we are going to study the relationship between Special Relativity, electromagnetic fields and the complex group . There is a close interdependence of the following three concepts: The classical electromagnetic fields and can be … Continue reading

Imagine that an idealised bug of negligible dimensions is hiding at the end of a hole of length L. A rivet has a shaft length of . Clearly the bug is “safe” when the rivet head is flush to the … Continue reading

The Batmobile “fake paradox” helps us to understand Special Relativity a little bit. This problem consists in the next experiment: There are two observers. Alfred, the external observer, and Batman moving with his Batmobile. Now, we will suppose that the … Continue reading

I found this fun (Spanish) exam about Special Relativity at a Spanish website: Solutions: 1) 2) 3) t=13.6 months = 13 months and 18 days. Calculations: 1) We use the relativistic addition of velocities rule. That is, where u=Millenium Falcon … Continue reading