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Purported Relativity Paradox Resolved 128

Posted by timothy
from the disappears-in-a-puff-of-logic dept.
sciencehabit writes "A purported conflict between the century-old theory of classical electrodynamics and Einstein's theory of special relativity doesn't exist, a chorus of physicists says. Last April, an electrical engineer claimed that the equation that determines the force exerted on an electrically charged particle by electric and magnetic fields — the Lorentz force law — clashes with relativity, the theory that centers on how observers moving at a constant speed relative to one another will view the same events. To prove it, he concocted a simple 'thought experiment' in which the Lorentz force law seemed to lead to a paradox. Now, four physicists independently say that they have resolved the paradox."
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Purported Relativity Paradox Resolved

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  • Re:how strange (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 26, 2013 @07:46AM (#42699725)

    Well, "hunt the paradox" is a standard exercise in Theoretical Physics 101, special relativity. There are quite a number of them, and not too few involve understandings of "orthogonal" and "simultaneous" and other conceptual geometric invariants that are not actually invariant.

    Electrical engineers don't go through that enfuriating and embarrassing spectacle of "ok, what did I take for granted now again" of relativity initiation.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 26, 2013 @07:48AM (#42699733)

    Since a paradox is not a feature of the Universe; it is a feature of a limited mind trying to understand the Universe.

The universe does not have laws -- it has habits, and habits can be broken.