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Blunders in a Seminal Paper by Albert Einstein


Leon, Antonio


Research Papers


Relativity Theory



Date Published:

December 12, 2022




local simultaneity, universal simultaneity, Principle of the Constancy of the Speed of Light, Einstein's criterion for synchronous clocks, Theorem of Einstein's Criterion, Lorentz Transformation, special relativity, trial and error, propaganda, science an


Errors are inevitable and necessary for personal learning, and even for the development of scientific theories, once detected and corrected. This article demonstrates the existence of several blunders in a historical article, but that is not its main purpose. The main purpose of this article is to denounce the fact that these errors have gone unnoticed for 117 years. And, above all, that once revealed in detail, as will be done here, these errors will continue to be ignored as if they did not exist. And I have no doubt that they will be ignored, because their author is Albert Einstein and his theories are ``sufficiently confirmed by empirical facts''. Therefore, and as a last resort, I am forced to write this article in a provocative tone, which is not my preferred tone. So, I apologize to all those who feel offended by my provocation, but the destiny of science can only be the truth, and only with the truth can we find the true explanation of the world.


Jean de Climont:
Monsieur le Professeur,
Il est vraiment surprenant de trouver tant d'erreurs dans les articles de M. Albert Einstein. J'ai noté une ignorance totale des principes mêmes de la Mécanique des Fluides dans un article de 1926 sur l'origine des méandres des rivières, mais aussi des erreurs grossières dans le traité sur la lumière de la même année que celui que vous évoquez.
Il utilise V pour la vitesse de la lumière et il écrit au paragraphe 6 l'équation de Maxwell Hertz avec 1/V * dB/dt au lieu de 1/V², mais je pense que le plus grave est que les équations qui suivent dans un repère de référence en translation comportent une pétition de principe en ce sens qu' il me semble qu'Einstein suppose que la translation du repère impliquerait une translation du champ magnétique provoquant un champ électrique.
Avec mes meilleurs voeux et mes salutations distinguées.
Jean de Climont

Posted: January 09, 2023 @ 10:47:28 am
You should seriously look at what Einstein means with what you call [P4]:
- We imagine further that at the two ends A and B of the rod, clocks are placed
which synchronize with the clocks of the stationary system, that is to say that their
indications correspond at any instant to the “time of the stationary system" at
the places where they happen to be. These clocks are therefore “synchronous in
the stationary system."
You mention it but then ignore it.
It will solve your question: "But how on earth do the r-observers OA and OB
come to the conclusions (18)?"

Posted: December 13, 2022 @ 5:57:24 am

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