BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE TREATISE

It
is absolutely necessary for every reader to first read and fully understand the
__Preamble__ to this treatise. The
Preamble vividly describes (in Einstein’s own words) his monumental __confusion__
concerning Maxwell’s 1865 law for the constant velocity of a light ray at *c* (300,000 kilometers per second)
through a vacuum. Einstein’s confusion
about Maxwell’s law is the key to understanding everything about Special
Relativity that follows.

Part I of this
treatise (entitled ‘*The Lead up to
Special Relativity*’) is in general a brief description of certain relevant
aspects of that which is now called, 'Classical Physics.' However, Part I also contains many revelations
and little-known facts about physics that are critical for a full understanding
(even by a physicist) of the treatise as a whole. Three themes play a major role in Part I.

First, there was the development of the principles of mechanics (matter in motion), and the difficulties and paradoxes that were encountered in trying to relate the new and very different phenomena of electromagnetism to such mechanical principles.

Secondly, there
was the mythical substance of ether, which was invented *ad hoc* in the early 19^{th} century in an attempt to
understand and explain the mysteries of electromagnetism. By the beginning of the 20^{th}
century, this mythical substance of ether had created many very serious
problems and paradoxes for physics, some of which linger on into the 21^{st}
century.

Thirdly, and
possibly most importantly, there were the beginnings of the continuing myth
that mathematics is invincible in physics, and that from algebraic formulas and
geometrical diagrams all of the physical mysteries of nature can be discovered,
understood and confirmed. For example,
19^{th} and early 20^{th} century mathematical formulas
absolutely confirmed that 'ether' and its theoretical physical consequences actually
exist, but it is now known that empirically they do not exist.

Part II of this
treatise (entitled ‘*The Unnecessary
Special Theory of Relativity*’) will demonstrate in great detail that
Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity (like the 'ether theory' before it) was
based on several monumental false premises, and why such Special Theory and all
of its mathematical consequences are physically and empirically invalid. Part II will also demonstrate that, in fact,
there are __no__ experimental confirmations of Special Relativity and its
consequences, and that many other mathematical theories which purport to
confirm Special Relativity and its mathematical consequences are themselves
either highly dubious, unconfirmed and/or empirically invalid.[1]

Typically with
Special Relativity, as with many other mathematical theories concerning
physical processes, whenever imagined physical phenomena can (by computation)
be construed to be mathematically true, they can thereafter be 'conjectured' to
exist physically, even without any empirical substantiation. At this point, a race is often begun by eager
experimentalists to 'confirm' such mathematical phenomena by *ad hoc* hypothetical interpretations of
any available experimental data. Because
many of these so-called confirmations cannot be tested, they are merely assumed
to be correct.[2] This arbitrary and unscientific process, of
course, results in countless empirically invalid self-fulfilling prophesies for
physics, cosmology and other scientific disciplines.

Once established, these mathematical theories, their mathematical consequences, and the meaningless phenomena which they describe become the foundations for further imagined physical phenomena, predictions and other new mathematical theories. Thus this unscientific cycle endlessly repeats itself. Are physics, science, reality and humanity served by this arbitrary, artificial and meaningless process?

The 42 chapters which comprise this treatise will be added to this website in sequential order during the calendar years 2009 and early 2010. Please see the Table of Contents for a complete list of chapter titles and links to chapters. Part I should be read (even by the physicist) in order to fully understand Part II, and all footnotes should be read for a full understanding of the text. Because this treatise is intended to be read and understood by the intelligent and inquisitive lay reader (as well as the scientist), it is light on mathematics and heavy on factual, logical and empirical explanations.

The '*Relativity of Light*' has been a
monumental project for the author and his small staff during the last 10 years,
and the author solicits constructive criticism, suggestions and critiques from
the readers. Especially welcome are suggested changes, additions, and their
authoritative sources. The main goals of
the treatise are to expose and explain the critical flaws in existing theories,
experiments and interpretations, and to attempt to determine and disclose truth
and reality. Please email any comments
or inquiries to Info@RelativityofLight.com.