September 28, 2021
Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction, apparent deformation, real deformation, Principle of Relativity
After a summary introduction to Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction, and a short revision of some classic and modern opinions on its real or apparent nature, this paper introduces two arguments proving that Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction can only be apparent. The first of them also proves the deformed appearance disagrees with certain physical laws, pointing to a breaking of Lorentz symmetry that questions the Principle of Relativity. Being also consequences of Lorentz transformation, time dilation and phase difference in synchronization could only be apparent deformations, which open the debate on the physical meaning of Lorentz transformation.
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