Mass Dilation and the Lewis-Tolman Conjecture
Relativity and Gravity Publication - No. 19
Buenker
Robert J.
Prof. Dr.
Buenker, Robert J.
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2018-06-13
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<p> The arguments of Lewis and Tolman that predict mass dilation are critically reviewed.
It is pointed out that their conclusion that two observers in relative motion would measure
different <i>relative</i> velocities of a given object in their model collision system is incompatible
with Einstein’s second postulate of the special theory of relativity, in particular for the case
when the object is a light pulse. It also contradicts assumptions that have been made in
succeeding years about the respective measurements of the relative velocities of meta-stable
particles of different observers. Momentum can still be conserved in the Lewis-Tolman
collision model if one assumes that the in situ masses of the two objects <i>are not the same</i> but
differ in such a way as to exactly compensate for any mass dilation effect caused by the
acceleration of one of the observers.
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