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Volume 16: Pages 26-28, 2003
Einstein and Space‐Time Units
Institute of Liberal Arts, Otaru University of Commerce, Otaru, Hokkaido 047‐8501 Japan
A grave conflicting aspect is uncovered for the conventional wisdom in relativity theory regarding space‐time units. No account has ever been taken of the undeniable fact that these units are contingent on nature, resulting in the present convention in which the same space‐time units are used in all reference frames. This convention runs counter to Einstein's denunciation of an absolute space and an absolute time propounded by Newton. This conflict can be resolved only by our recent proposal [Phys. Essays 11, 521 (1998); 12, 368 (1999)] for introducing separate space‐time units for each reference frame.
Keywords: space‐time units, Einstein, relativity theory, paradoxes
Received: April 10, 2001; Published online: December 15, 2008