To what extent are the "strange" features of Relativity Theory due to the latency of light?
November 23, 2011 10:41 AM Subscribe
Which of the "strange" features of Relativity Theory can be accounted for by appeal to the latency of light, which cannot, and why?
posted by Eiwalker to science & nature (21 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
By "latency" I mean the fact that light travels at a finite speed and therefore observations have to wait around for the light to arrive, at which point the observations are of the past.
Some of the standard "paradoxes" include the pole and the barn, the twins, and the fact that light appears to travel at light speed regardless of how fast one is moving with respect to it.
My question is: which aspects of such "paradoxes" can be accounted for by appeal to the latency of light, which cannot, and why?