At this moment there is a party at Proxima B!

At this moment there is a party at Proxima B!

What do we mean by “at this moment”?

At this moment there must be some particular event happening at Alpha Centauri, hence there cannot really be a whopping 8 year lack of definition?

If you say at the phone “At this moment there is a party at Cape Canaveral” I, staying at the end of the line in Germany, would be able to get the reference of your indication. This is because both sites use the same clock, i.e. the earth rotation (divided into handy units), and the phone’s signal takes about 50 milliseconds to reach Frankfurt.

Now, assume to be on the phone, telling me the pretty same story “At this moment there is a party at Proxima B”. The Planet Pb orbiting Proxima Centauri is about 4.2 light years away from us. As the signal is travelling with speed of light the words “at the moment” refers to about “Now_@_receiving minus 4.2 light years” which is pretty obvious the same story.

If I asked myself “Now, what is happening at Cape Canaveral?” I really would not think about the time needed to get my mind sent to that place!

My mind is processing thoughts instantaneously. 

Ping needs 129ms.

Ping needs 28ms.

Ping needs 13ms.

If I think of “Now” the distance to the place of interest has no impact at all.

The pitfall of the people when thinking about time is obviously that they

  • identify the physical signaling time
  • with the notion of time.

This is my guess when reading “at this moment” implies to have an “8 year lack of definition”.

By principle, if time (as a concept) would need time (as to be needed for signaling), the time itself can give no reference without requesting the context as input.

Imagine You to ask at the ticket counter “What time is it, Sir?”. Then You’ll see a grim face and hear “Where do you want to go, Sir?”

You give back “That does not have any impact, Sir!” and then you will hear “Oh, it has, it has significance! If You want a ride to Frankfurt, you will get “Minus fifty” and if you want a ride to London, I have to indicate “Minus forty”.

“Frustrating answers!”, you would probably mutter while leaving the station because you had to realize that you were told the price and not the time. “Have a nice day, Sir!” you hear in the distance while You are thinking “Have a nice time” would have performed better.



Relativity is Science?

Relativity is Science?

The universities of Germany which are publicly financed are not even better performing when dealing with Einstein’s theories than others or of other countries. They fall into the Einsteinian traps by the dozen. Note the following fact:

I didn’t find some active teacher of a German high school or active lecturer of a German university that is critical about Einstein’s ideas and to state this publicly.

(Einstein’s ideas may not be called theories as they deal with objects existing in Einstein’s imagination only). This might be important for anyone interested in science: In reality we are caught and we are guided by two principles that seem to act like Pauli’s principle, but these are far more fundamental:

  1. In reality there is one fact at any place.
  2. In reality there only is allowed to persist what does not eliminate each other.

Any physical position may be occupied only once at at time: The house you live is not public space. In the opera seats are occupied or not and if so only once. Where your car is parked no other may be dropped. On hard disks any cell is magnetized or not. Hence, we don’t have to agree all the time about everything, about anything that is happening, did happen or even not. The facts will give the answer as long as the facts are clearly to be taken. The objects itself we are dealing with in reality enforce the concensus about their existence and properties. This is a quite useful property. We are allowed to state “the time will show” and take notice of this soothing and relaxing effect of our common reality.

Objects that exist in other peoples mind are hidden to us. Whether they do exist or not, whether they exist doubled or only on Mondays, this is hidden to all others that don’t have access to this particular piece of hardware. Therefore, in order to enable fruitful discussions and scientific dialogues with some benefit there must be established some procedure to give precise depictions of the objects created by mind. This seems to be  the very basic error when dealing with Einstein’s ideas:

We imagine being able to understand what Mr. Einstein did pretend to have in mind.

As long as his stories are trivial (“the house is high”, “the nose is red”) they do not matter. If they are baffling like the story about the travelling twin that will return to be younger than his twin brother, he might be sure to get our attention. Our quite simple question “why he is younger then?” is answered by dozens of experts paid by the tax payers around the globe.

  • How do these wise men gain certainty to give the true answer (which may be given only [by using the principle of uniqueness in reality] as of to be Mr. Einstein himself who invented the clock paradox)?
  • How do they ensure that the ideas of a single man do carry scientific significance (Just compare that with Mark Twains or Gene Roddenberry’s ideas that are not subject to science.)

Based on the facts: The experts cannot have any certainty as they cannot know what Einstein had in mind. They have models, calculations or diagrams to explain the ideas but they don’t have the fact that

  • the ideas have scientific significance or
  • the ideas are the Einsteinian ones and not that of Minkowski, Epstein or their own.

What does it mean to understand?

Verstehen ist die intellektuelle Aufbereitung von Sachverhalten zum Zweck der Wiederverwendung des Erlernten als nützliches Wissen.

To understand is intellectual processing of issues in order to gain knowledge to be used like facts.

Now, Assume that the experts

  • did manage to understand the clock paradox (twin paradox) and
  • did manage to give their insights to the audience in a plausible way.

At this point we might have:

  1. The audience did understand and pick the explanation as their own knowledge to explain the effect. Hence the clarity gained might destroy their interests about the topic (as given for the Zonk-problem).
  2. If the audience did not understand how to become younger as traveler the riddle about the twin could persist.

The second case only gives the chance that the intellectual investments of the lecturers in theoretical physics retain their value. Now, this is where the trap gave a click.

This is the point where to understand that to understand a story changes the way we will understand the people that are telling it all the time.



The light clock was an Escher picture

  1. A proof that (c=const) is compatible with (covariance postulate) is still missing, Einstein’s try was flawed (he and Minkowski did show that one can draw a circle through any point and believed that this is physics).
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  2. The introduction of the Lorentz factor was the prime fallacy: Switching the time (to drive the speed) means to switch a vector, not just a scalar.
    ( The Light Clock was an Escher picture  lightclockescher )
    The light clock example loses its shape just after switching the reference.
  3. Nobody is able to get information that definitely nobody does have. Those who believe that Einstein was omniscient want to become like him. If they were successful they will fight until their retirement and promote Einstein to be the greatest scientist ever despite that they were told better:
(Hans C Ohanian did collect the errors of Einstein but did not the final conclusion: All about relativity was nonsense, just a waste of time. But his book started just by telling the story of Donald Crowhurst who did realize all this. You see that if people are given a choice to earn money by staying in mainstream (selling books, teaching nonsense, playing with LIGO, etc.) or to leave and live without all that comfort they would prefer the first. )
Therefore, as long as there could be made money with the name ‘Einstein’ there will be someone to tell us that relativity is a well-proved theory …
It is not, but You cannot make money by spreading this.
To exemply the economical impact of Einstein just take look into the preface of Max Born’s book about Relativity:


Who did understand what Einstein wanted to tell?

Who did understand what Einstein wanted to tell?

If you don’t know the number of the house you have to deliver some pizza, it will be useless to establish by definition that the house in the middle of the street should be that one.

We have not defined a common “time” for A and B, for the latter cannot be defined at all unless we establish by definition that the “time” required by light to travel from A to B equals the “time” it requires to travel from B to A.

You cannot gain insights by definitions!



Let a ray of light start at the ”A time” t(A) from A towards B, let it at the ”B time” t(B) be reflected at B in the direction of A, and arrive again at A at the ”A time” t'(A). In accordance with definition the two clocks synchronize if t(B)-t(A)=t'(A)-t(B).
We assume that this definition of synchronism is free from contradictions, and possible for any number of points; and that the following relations are universally valid. In agreement with experience we further assume the quantity 2AB/(t'(A)-t(A))=c,
to be a universal constant—the velocity of light in empty space. We imagine further that at the two ends A and B of the rod, clocks are placed which synchronize with the clocks of the stationary system, that is to say that their indications correspond at any instant to the “time of the stationary system” at the places where they happen to be. These clocks are therefore “synchronous in the stationary system.” We imagine further that with each clock there is a moving observer, and that these observers apply to both clocks the criterion established in § 1 for the synchronization of two clocks. Let a ray of light depart from A at the time t(A), let it be reflected at B at the time t(B), and reach A again at the time t'(A). Taking into consideration the principle of the constancy of the velocity of light we find that t(B)-t(A)=r(AB)/(c-v) and t'(A)-t(B)=r(AB)/(c+v) where r(AB) denotes the length of the moving rod—measured in the stationary system. Observers moving with the moving rod would thus find that the two clocks were not synchronous, while observers in the stationary system would declare the clocks to be synchronous.

Vesselin Petkov argued in “Conventionality of Simultaneity and Reality” on the impossibility to determine the one-way velocity of light and the immediate implication that simultaneity is conventional.

The epistemological lesson […] demonstrates that every time when we arrive at a vicious circle some of our views should be drastically changed. And indeed the fact that the one-way velocity of light and simultaneity of distant events are conventional has turned out to have a profound meaningreality is a four-dimensional world represented by Minkowski spacetime. There are no moving light signals or three-dimensional bodies in this four-dimensional world and when we describe it in our three-dimensional language in terms of motions, the velocities of these signals and bodies are determined by convention since they do no represent anything real.

Petkov uses a strange conception of our live and reality, based on a paper full of formal and conceptual errors. Vesselin Petkov is not alone with this conception, he seems to represent the main stream opinion of physics and philosophy:

  • Our live is a material disaster,
  • our knowledge is an incomplete view only and
  • all around us looks and acts quite nihilistic.

But: Nobody is obliged to accept what Einstein published. We can synchronize our clocks quite precisely by using satellite signals where two receivers stay at the same distance from the sender. Clearly, no signal can ever show the time it needed to run by itself, but we can use our genius to build a GPS and to detect nonsense. The einsteinian nihilism is indeed incapable to synchronize clocks. The B-clock is given always and independent from the causal velocity the same value when the signal is coming despite the fact that this value does not represent the reality of the duration. Therefore, and this follows without knowing any details, GPS-clocks would not be able to calculate some position if they would dice the time values of their clocks – like Einstein wanted.






We don’t find some active teacher at a German high school or German university that is critical about Einstein’s ideas and does state this publicly. Why?