|Strange symmetry of observations
Due to the .6 c velocity of ship B relative to ship A, the
observers(c) aboard A observe that ship B is now only 80 meters long. This
foreshortening of ship B observed aboard A will seem strange to those who have not been exposed
to this phenomenon in physics courses. But experiments have shown that this foreshortening occurs --
just as relativity theory predicts. The question we are concerned with is, WHY does this
phenomenon and related phenomena occur? Can you think of any reason? We will see that the phenomena
are natural consequences of a medium through which quanta of energy are propagated.
Even stranger is that
observers(c) aboard ship B observe the passing of the ships as follows!
They observe that A is the foreshortened ship. This also is predicted by relativity theory.
But why should A be foreshortened? Nothing occurred that would cause any physical changes aboard A.
Could it be that something occurred aboard ship B that caused the
observers(c) aboard B to observe a foreshortening of A? We will see that
this is the case. The quantum medium and the change in B's velocity through the medium cause
physical changes aboard B that cause the
observers(c) aboard B to observe a foreshortening of A.
There is a symmetry between the observations of
observers(c) in the reference frame of A and the reference frame of B.
This strange symmetry of observations is a natural consequence of the quantum medium,
and it is compelling evidence of the medium's existence. It is not easy to understand
quickly why this symmetry of observations occurs, and we hope the following explanation will succeed.