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« **on:** May 17, 2013, 10:16:01 AM »
I might as well post it up now, I have a little free time.

(29) But relativity will, even starting from this premise of time dened by

the course of the sun, predict a time dierence for the plane surrounding

the equator13. It is, as I understand it, a necessary theoretical implication

of relativity that the clock starting and arriving exactly when the sun has

reached its zenith at Greenwich will not show 12.00 h sharp at its arrival,

but some fractions of a second less, and this although we have dened 12.00

h as being the moment when the sun reaches its zenith at Greenwich. So, in

spite of our nominalistic denition of time permitting no more than one time

function for one location, and assuming only that we can circumnavigate the

earth, we can infer from relativity that,

1. time will be 12.00 h when the sun reaches its zenith at Greenwich, and

2. time will not be 12.00 h when the sun reaches its zenith at Greenwich.

(30) Assuming that a circumnavigation of the earth is possible, the theory

is therefore contradictory.

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(32) So we are faced with a truly enigmatic situation. And since the mathematical

formulae of special relativity are faultless this implies that one of its

empirical premises must be given up. But special relativity rests on only two

empirical premises. One of them is the assumption that the laws of nature

(physics) are universal; giving up this would be the end of all explanation.

And the other is the hypothesis of the constant spreading velocity of light.

Therefore it must be this second premise which has to be given up. In other

words: Special relativity does not explain, or establish, the relativity of space

and time; but it does refute the empirical hypothesis of the constant spreading

velocity of light 14. If we can travel around the world and come back to our

starting point, then the velocity of light, if it is nite, cannot be constant.

And since the constancy of the spreading velocity of light is the fundamental

premise both of special and of general relativity this all boils down to the

thesis: If the earth is round then the theory of relativity must be wrong.