Simultaneity with and without the second postulate 1996

By Curt Renshaw

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Simultaneity with and without the second postulate:
106. Annual Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), South Western and Rocky Mountain Division, June, 1996 / Curtis E. Renshaw. – [Kanada]: WWW 1996. 12 S. URL:

Einstein’s second postulate cannot be deduced directly from Maxwell’s equations or from experiment. Yet, under the tenets of special relativity (SRT), the postulate is solely responsible for the elimination of the concept of simultaneity as we know it. While much literature exists as to the nature of this breakdown in the concept of simultaneous events for observers in relative motion, not one experimental confirmation (or refutation) has ever been made. This paper compares simultaneity as seen in SRT under the restrictions of the second postulate with the more familiar concepts of simultaneity seen in Newtonian space-time and a relaxed second postulate. In addition to supporting both an intuitive approach to simultaneity and all experiments to date, this paper proposes a test which may determine the validity or fallacy of the second postulate of relativity.

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