Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Invisibility of Relativistic Length Contraction

I have a feature article in the August issue of Physics World magazine: "The invisibility of length contraction," about how viewing relativistic length contraction is not at all the same as measuring it.

In actuality, a rapidly moving object (one with a speed a sizable fraction of that of light) would appear rotated instead of contracted.

1 comment:

Layzej said...

Interesting. The "Terrell rotation" picture looks something like a rolling shutter effect.