In Section 10 of his Special Theory, Einstein theoretically applied his relativistic kinematic concepts to the mass of an electron. He imagined and described a new type of electromagnetic mass for the electron, the magnitude of which varied depending upon its relative velocity. This ad hoc theory, which is now called Relativistic Mass, was the basis for his other relativistic concepts of dynamics and mechanics: Relativistic Momentum, Relativistic Force, and Relativistic Energy. Relativistic Mass also became the mass for Einstein’s September 1905 mass-energy paper (E = mc2). However, none of these ad hoc concepts and theories has any empirical validity. They are all meaningless.
A. Einstein’s electromagnetic concept of relativistic mass.
Einstein’s Lorentz transformations succeeded in making his absolutely constant velocity of light at c mathematically invariant (or covariant) in all inertial reference frames, but only at the price of making classical mechanics no longer invariant in such frames when transformed by Lorentz transformations. “What had been gained on one side had been lost on the other” (D’Abro, 1950, p. 156). Einstein’s only way out of this theoretical dilemma, and to retain mathematical consistency for his Special Theory, was “to assume [ad hoc] that the classical laws [of mechanics] were incorrect” (Ibid).
“Accordingly,” states D’Abro, “the problem confronting Einstein was to formulate new laws of mechanics which would be invariant under the Lorentz-Einstein transformations, and which at the same time would tend to coincide with the classical mechanical laws when low velocities were considered. This last restriction stemmed from the fact that for low velocities the classical laws of mechanics were known to be very approximately correct” (Ibid).
“Einstein obtained the revised mechanical laws” by conjecturing that the magnitudes of most physical phenomena (including length and time intervals) were dependent upon relative velocity (Ibid). Einstein continued his attempt to change all of the classical laws of mechanics in Section 10 of his Special Theory with his ad hoc velocity dependent concept of Relativistic Mass. If Einstein could convince his readers that mass was not really an invariant quantity, but rather varied and increased with relative velocity, then mathematically every other relativistic concept of mechanics and dynamics (which mathematically depended upon mass), including momentum, force, acceleration and even energy, would automatically follow with algebraic precision.
“In classical physics inertial mass mi is an inherent characteristic property of a particle and…is independent of the particle’s motion” (Jammer, 2000, p. 41). In contrast, Einstein’s theoretical concept of Relativistic Mass mr, as described in Section 10 of his 1905 Special Theory, was a velocity-dependent mass which depends on the relative velocity of the moving reference frame as measured by Einstein’s relativistic kinematics from one inertial reference frame to another. Jammer described Relativistic Mass by “the equation
where m0 represents the proper mass of a particle at rest in relatively moving reference frame k, u is the velocity of the particle as measured from the relatively stationary reference frame K, and c is the velocity of light (Ibid).
In Section 10 of his Special Theory, entitled the “Dynamics of the Slowly Accelerated Electron,” Einstein conducted another thought experiment. He imagined “an electrically charged particle…an ‘electron’…in motion in an electromagnetic field…” (Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 61]). Einstein stated that he was seeking the law of motion of the slowly accelerated electron (Ibid).
At this point, we must ask the following questions. Why did Einstein choose an electron in an electromagnetic field for the subject of his discussion of Relativistic Mass, whereas before in his Special Theory he had usually referred to a ponderable body in empty space? The apparent answer is because the mass which Einstein was going to imagine and describe in Section 10 was the highly theoretical “electromagnetic mass” of an electron moving in an electromagnetic field. In other words, such “mass” was actually an electromagnetic resistance or inertia masquerading as a material mass (Chapter 17), rather than the ponderable (weighable) inertial mass of a ponderable (weighable) material body. As Abraham acknowledged in 1902:
“[T]he inertia of the electron originates in the electromagnetic field.”
“[T]he mass of the electron is of purely electromagnetic nature” (Jammer, 1961, p. 151).
In this regard, Miller pointed out that in the original German version of his Special Theory, Einstein used the symbol ‘µ’ for ‘m’ “even though in the German language scientific literature this symbol was usually reserved for the electromagnetic mass” (Miller, p. 308). This fact, as well as Einstein’s abrupt switch from a rigid body in space to an electron in an electromagnetic field, and his later references to “longitudinal mass” and “transverse mass,” which are only applicable to an electromagnetic mass, strongly implies to the author that throughout almost all of Section 10, Einstein was only discussing an “electromagnetic mass” (an electromagnetic resistance), rather than the inertial mass of ponderable matter. In fact, Einstein twice acknowledged that the author’s interpretation is correct. In the middle of Section 10, Einstein conjectured that the longitudinal mass and the transverse mass “are also valid for ponderable material points” (Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 63]), and toward the end of Section 10, he conjectured that the kinetic energy of the electron’s mass must also apply to “ponderable masses as well” (Ibid, p. 64).
Why did Einstein decide to use and analyze an electromagnetic mass (a resistance) rather than the ponderable mass of a weighable body? Because Kaufmann’s 1901 – 1902 experimental data suggested that electromagnetic mass varied depending upon the velocity of the electron; whereas, there was absolutely no empirical evidence that the ponderable mass of a rigid body ever varied because of its velocity. Thus, an analysis of the ponderable mass of a rigid body would not have furthered Einstein’s relativistic agenda.
In Section 10, Einstein began his thought experiment by imagining that the electron was at rest in moving inertial reference system k. He conjectured that the slightly accelerated motion of the electron in system k was described by three equations, and that “m [is] the mass of the electron, as long as its motion is slow” (Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 61]). Thereafter, Einstein applied the Lorentz transformations and the transformations which he found in Section 6, and transformed the equations for the electron’s motion in k to the stationary reference system K. He then asserted that a “pondermotive force” was acting on the electron and was accelerating the electron in accordance with the equation F = ma (Ibid, p. 62).
But wait a minute. In Section 6 of his Special Theory, Einstein had denied that there was an “electromotive force” that acts on a point charge moving in an electromagnetic field. Instead he asserted that the force acting upon the electron was nothing more than the “electric force” (Chapter 30A). Why is this case any different? Why is it not the “electric force” of the electromagnetic field which is acting on the electric charged particle (the electron)? Einstein probably mischaracterized such force as “pondermotive” so that he could later conjecture that the electromagnetic mass of the electron also applied to ponderable masses. A “pondermotive” force means a “weight moving force” such as Newton’s force in F = ma. Somewhat later in Section 10, Einstein acknowledged that he needed the definition of force that he had chosen in order to derive his equations for longitudinal mass and transverse mass, because: “[W]ith a different definition of force and acceleration, we should naturally obtain other values for the masses” (Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 63]).
Remember that the concepts of longitudinal mass and transverse mass were invented by Abraham in 1903 in order to describe Kaufmann’s 1901 – 1902 experiments with the electromagnetic mass of electrons and the data which he collected and published in 1902 (Chapter 17). At the end of his April 1904 treatise, Lorentz also referred to the “electromagnetic masses” of electrons which Kaufmann and Abraham had found, and Lorentz asserted that the values which he himself had found (based on his April 1904 theories) for the same masses agreed with Kaufmann’s measurements “nearly as well as with those of Abraham” (Lorentz, 1904c [Dover, 1952, pp. 30 – 34]).
Einstein asserted in § 10 that he took “the ordinary point of view” in his inquiry “as to the ‘longitudinal’ and the ‘transverse’ mass of the moving electron” (Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 62]). Einstein’s equations for these “apparent” masses were:
(Ibid, p. 63).
In order to derive these equations, Einstein called his “pondermotive force” simply “the force acting upon the electron,” he maintained the equation F = ma, and he decided “that the accelerations are to be measured in the stationary system K” (Ibid).
According to Einstein’s concepts of longitudinal mass and transverse mass, as the relative velocity v of system k increases so does the mass of the electron (as measured in K), and when v approaches c the mass mr of the electron in k (as measured in K) increases toward infinity (Chart 31.1 and Figure 31.2). As will be seen on Chart 31.1A and Figure 31.2, Einstein’s values for longitudinal mass match Lorentz’s April 1904 values exactly, but they differ dramatically from Abraham’s values. Remember from Chapter 17 that Abraham had determined that Kaufmann’s “longitudinal mass” was meaningless and immeasurable. So why did Einstein derive a formula for Longitudinal Mass and thus imply that it did have meaning and was measurable? Most likely because he did not know about Abraham’s conjecture and was merely mimicking the theories of Kaufmann, Abraham and Lorentz without much scrutiny or original thought. On the other hand, Einstein’s values for transverse mass differ dramatically from both Abraham’s and Lorentz’s values (Chart 31.1B).
Miller believed that Einstein’s variations with respect to Lorentz’s magnitudes for transverse mass required an explanation, and that the question why Einstein did not provide one in his Special Theory was a mystery (Miller, p. 312). However, there is very little mystery for the author. Any such explanation by Einstein might have signaled that he had read Lorentz’s April 1904 treatise and that he had “borrowed” many of its concepts, especially the Lorentz transformation equations, which he claimed to have derived from his two fundamental postulates.
Shortly thereafter, Einstein conjectured that these results for the increase in (electromagnetic) mass of the electron are also valid for ponderable matter (Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 63). In Einstein’s own words:
“We remark that these results as to the mass are also valid for ponderable material points, because a ponderable material point can be made into an electron (in our sense of the word) by the addition of an electric charge, no matter how small” (Ibid).
On the contrary, as we previously explained, all that Einstein was dealing with were the resistances provided by the electromagnetic field to the motion of an electron through it, which when using the formula F = ma mathematically results in increases in mass m. These electromagnetic resistances had been mischaracterized by everyone during the latter part of the 19th century as “apparent” masses in order to remain consistent with Euler’s incorrect formula F = ma for the determination of the masses. This incorrect characterization was perfect for Einstein’s theory of Relativistic Mass, because such electromagnetic “apparent” masses (re-characterized as ponderable masses) would vary with velocity in his Special Theory (Chapter 17). This is the major reason why Einstein wanted to maintain the equation F = ma.
But, if there were no real increases in the mass of an electron due to such electromagnetic resistances, how could Einstein’s concept of a variable mass for the electron depending upon relative velocity be extended to (and be empirically valid for) the mass of ponderable matter? It could not. In light of the above discussion, we must ask the question: Does Einstein’s Relativistic Mass even exist?
B. Does Einstein’s Relativistic Mass Exist?
In early 1906, German scientist, Max Planck, showed that with a different definition of force (vis. the rate of change of momentum) Einstein’s equations (from which he derived transverse mass) could be written in a different form. From this different form for Einstein’s equations, Planck also derived a different equation for transverse mass:
(Jammer, 2000, pp. 43 – 44).
During the period 1909 – 1912, in order to demonstrate that the relativistic formulas for mass and momentum could be derived from mechanics principles, as well as electromagnetic principles, American mathematical physicist Richard Tolman (1881 – 1948) invented a series of relativistic thought experiments wherein identical bodies collided (Jammer, 1961, pp. 161 – 162). He applied the mechanics principles of conservation of mass and momentum, and Einstein’s relativistic addition theorem of velocities to such thought experiments, and he derived the same equation for transverse mass as Planck did (Jammer, 2000, p. 46).
There is little doubt that Planck’s derivations, Tolman’s method of derivation, and Jammer’s derivations are mathematically correct and internally consistent with Einstein’s theories and formulas. The only real questions are: Do any of these relativistic derivations, equations and computations mean anything? Does Einstein’s mathematical Relativistic Mass have any relevance to reality? Does Relativistic Momentum derived from Relativistic Mass have any empirical meaning? Is there any empirical evidence that ponderable inertial mass is velocity-dependent?
First of all, we must remember that Einstein was not just asserting that mass was velocity dependent, but rather he was asserting that it was relative velocity dependent. One must then ask the question: What does relative velocity have to do with anything? Every co-moving body in the Cosmos has a relative velocity with respect to every other co-moving body. But very few of such relative velocities have any relevant meaning.
According to Einstein’s Special Theory, the measurement of the magnitude of the mass of a body depends upon the relative motion of the observer “with respect to the body of reference chosen in the particular case” (Einstein, Relativity, p. 60). This means that the measured mass of a body will depend upon which body of reference is chosen and which observer is doing the measuring with respect to the relative motion in the particular case. In other words, according to Einstein, the same ponderable inertial mass of a material body can vary from m0 to a magnitude approaching infinity in each reference frame depending upon who is doing the measuring.
How does the chosen body of reference know that it has been chosen by an observer, and by which observer? According to Einstein, every body in the Cosmos has an infinite number of different mass values depending upon which infinite observer is doing the measuring. If the observer doing the choosing of the body of reference changes his mind and chooses a different body of reference, will the magnitude of the body’s mass that is being measured instantaneously change to a different magnitude of mass? How does the mass of just one co-moving body (i.e. the chosen body of reference) increase the mass of just one other co-moving body to the exclusion of all of the others? By what process does this selective increase of mass occur, and how does it occur at a distance? Does Einstein’s Relativistic Mass concept have any real or physical meaning with respect to anything? The answer is no.
Secondly, one must ask the question: What relevance does electromagnetic mass, which is nothing more than an electromagnetic resistance or inertia, have to do with the material mass of ponderable bodies? Einstein’s attempts to turn an electromagnetic resistance and its related experiments (by Kaufmann and others) into the ponderable mass of a material body may have fooled those who wanted to be fooled, but they do not fool the author. Of course, the relative velocity of an electromagnetic resistance has nothing to do with a ponderable mass. For this reason alone, Einstein’s contrived ad hoc concept of Relativistic Mass has no empirical validity.
Thirdly, D’Abro described Einstein’s concept of Relativistic Mass, and its above described problems, in the following manner:
“According to Einstein, the electron increases in mass only in so far as it is in relative motion with respect to the observer. Were the observer to be attached to the flying electron no increase in mass would exist; it would be the electron left behind which would now appear to have suffered the increase. Thus mass follows distance, duration and electromagnetic field in being a relative having no definite magnitude of itself and being essentially dependent on the conditions of observation” (D’Abro, 1950, p. 160).
Does any of this description make any empirical sense? Of course not.
Goldberg also made the following insightful comments about Einstein’s illusionary concept of Relativistic Mass:
“We must consider the measurement of mass within the special theory of relativity from two different perspectives, one in which the mass is at rest with respect to us, and one in which the mass is moving at a high rate of speed relative to us” (Goldberg, p. 143).
“In the Einstein theory…the increase in mass had nothing to do with a specific theory of the electron. In fact it derived only from the measurements of lengths and times and was a kinematic result” (Ibid, p. 141).
“Does the mass of objects moving with respect to the observer who is measuring actually increase? Within the theory of relativity this question has no meaning. We might coin a phrase: ‘Actually is as actually measures’” (Ibid, p. 147).
“For as with all other parameters that are treated within the theory of relativity, the change in mass says nothing essential about the body itself, but results as an artifact of the way distances and times are measured for the same events by different inertial observers” (Ibid).
In other words, the mathematical illusions which result from the Lorentz transformations and Einstein’s other bizarre kinematic methods of measuring the magnitudes of physical phenomena (i.e. mass) do not actually change such physical magnitudes. The observer (measurer) who is moving away from the object or the physical phenomenon to be measured only mathematically perceives a different magnitude because of the unrealistic and unscientific way that Einstein requires distances and times to be measured in his Special Theory.
Based on the above, one might ask: Why did Einstein require such obviously distorted measurements for his Special Theory, and why must we continue to utilize them especially if we know that they are deformations of reality? It becomes obvious that if Einstein had not invented his radical, bizarre and empirically invalid methods of measuring (described in Chapters 25 through 29), and had not applied them to mass, then there never would have been a concept or artifact of Relativistic Mass.
For many years after 1905, relativists (and especially particle physicists) defended Einstein’s concept of Relativistic Mass on the ground that it was important “when dealing with atomic and subatomic particles” (Jammer, 2000, p. 54). Feynman attempted to explain such importance, vis. that Relativistic Mass provides the inertia in a particle accelerator which allows particle physicists to interpret both the magnitude of the mass and the magnitude of the velocity of the accelerated particle. Based on Relativistic Mass, Feynman conjectured that when a force constantly acts on the mass of a body, the body keeps picking up momentum rather than speed. This Relativistic Momentum continually increases because the Relativistic Mass is increasing. However, as the mass approaches velocity c there is practically no change of velocity, but Relativistic Momentum continues to increase toward infinity (Feynman, 1963, p. 15-9). In Feynman’s own words:
“Whenever a force produces very little change in the velocity of a body, we say that the body has a great deal of inertia, and that is exactly what our formula for relativistic mass says—it says that the inertia is very great when v is nearly as great as c.
“As an example of this effect, to deflect the high speed electrons in the synchrotron…, we need a magnetic field that is 2000 times stronger than would be expected on the basis of Newton’s laws. In other words, the mass of the electrons in the synchrotron is 2000 times as great as their normal mass…[T]hat mi should be 2000 times m0 means that…v differs from c by one part in 8,000,000…
“Whenever electrons are going that fast their masses are enormous, but their speed cannot exceed the speed of light” (Ibid).
The increase of a particle’s or a body’s rest mass with velocity, or with relative velocity, has never been empirically demonstrated on a macro level: at speeds that are small compared to c this conjecture is not even theoretically detectible (Sobel, p. 206). In a modern particle accelerator, a particle is interpreted in accordance with Special Relativity to have “a speed of more than 99.99999999 percent of the speed of light” (Ibid, p. 252, F.N. 6). However, without Special Relativity a particle can have no interpretation of its velocity or its mass, whatsoever. Since we have already demonstrated that every concept of Special Relativity is ad hoc, an illusion, and empirically meaningless, why should we have any faith at all in such relativistic interpretations on any level: micro or macro?
Let us pause for a moment from discussing all of these theories, equations, experiments and their relativistic interpretations, in order to determine what we are really talking about and what we are really attempting to demonstrate. Dingle asked, “What do we mean when we speak of the mass of an electron” (Dingle, 1972, p. 141)? He answered:
“We certainly do not put an electron in a balance-pan and compare it with weights in the other pan. We could not do so because not only can we not capture an electron, but also we do not know what it is. A hundred years ago the word denoted a rather vaguely conceived unit of electricity of unknown character. By the end of the nineteenth century it seemed to have been definitely revealed as a particle of negative electricity with measurable properties of the kind familiar in ordinary matter, but thirty years later it was found to possess undeniably wave-like characteristics. The idea then arose that it was a sort of mist of electricity, and Eddington probably gave it the most candid description as “something unknown doing we don’t know what”. We are no wiser today; nevertheless, we speak of the mass of an electron as though it were equivalent to the mass of a lump of lead” (Ibid, pp. 141 – 142).
Dingle then asked the question: “What, then, can we mean when we say that special relativity receives confirmation from the verification of its prediction that the mass of a body increases with its velocity” (Ibid, p. 142)?
“What we confirm by the experiments (i.e. by the observations and our inferences from them) is that the whole complex of conceptions that yields the highly metaphorical “mass” and “velocity” hangs together if we include special relativity (or Lorentz’s theory) as a part of it” (Ibid).
Because Special Relativity is an integral part of that complex of conceptions, such a “confirmation” “proves nothing at all. It is like claiming, as a proof that a man always speaks the truth, the fact that he says he does” (Ibid). In effect, such confirmation is circular.
It becomes obvious that the mass of an electron, its increase with velocity, and even the velocity itself are merely speculations, metaphors and interpretations of experiments based largely upon relativistic equations for mass, momentum, force and energy and upon Einstein’s other relativistic concepts. What else would one expect for a result, other than a “self confirmation” of Special Relativity?
Let us now do a little theorizing, speculating and interpreting of our own. All of the above theories and experiments that deal with electrons being accelerated in an electromagnetic field and which result in an “apparent” increase of mass with velocity, sounds a great deal like the electromagnetic mass theories and experiments that occurred just before Einstein wrote his Special Theory in 1905 (Chapter 17). But, again, it later turned out that the apparent electromagnetic mass was only the resistance of the electromagnetic field acting upon the electron moving through it. This resistance had been interpreted as a mass so that the equation F = ma could remain valid. However, it was really just a form of “electromagnetic inertia” masquerading as a mass, and Euler’s equation F = ma should have been modified to F = (m – R)a, or the equivalent, in order to correctly account for the resistance (R).
Now, factor in Feynman’s analogy of a force which “produces very little change in the velocity of a body; we say that the body has a great deal of inertia.” If the “apparent Relativistic Mass” in such high-energy particle experiments is instead re-interpreted as an electromagnetic resistance (or inertia as J. J. Thompson called it), then all of such high-energy particle experiments which supposedly confirm Relativistic Dynamics (the Relativistic Mass of a particle, its relativistic velocity and its relativistic energy) would instead confirm the meaningless new interpretation. The modified classical formula F = (m – R)a would also describe this new interpretation.
Some relativists still defend Relativistic Mass on heuristic or aesthetic grounds, i.e. “it paints a picture of nature that is beautiful in its simplicity” (Jammer, 2000, p. 55). However, others outright “reject the legitimacy of mr” and find it “objectionable that the mass of a particle decreases or increases for no physical reason,” or find it “unreasonable…that the mass of a particle…should depend on purely geometrical details such as the spatial direction of the force…” (Ibid, pp. 53 – 54). Some even “reject mr, on the grounds that it gives the impression that the effects of relativity are due to “something happening” to the particle, whereas they are of course due to the properties of space-time” (Ibid, pp. 54, 55). Still others find it “misleading” and “not necessary” at all (Ibid, p. 54).
Jammer concluded that “the general trend, especially in the literature on elementary particle physics, is toward the elimination of mr” entirely (Jammer, 2000, p. 55). The “most vigorous campaign ever waged against the concept of relativistic mass” began in 1989 when prominent Russian particle physicist Lev Okun emphatically declared that:
“[I]n the modern language of relativity there is only one mass, the Newtonian mass m, which does not vary with velocity,” and “[T]here is only one mass in physics which does not depend on the reference frame” (Ibid, p. 51).
Relativistic Mass cannot exist for many other reasons. For example, it depends upon Einstein’s Lorentz transformations, which we have demonstrated to be ad hoc and empirically meaningless in Chapter 27. It also depends upon all of Einstein’s fundamental postulates and his relativistic concepts of kinematics, all of which we have demonstrated to be ad hoc and empirically meaningless (Chapters 21 through 29). In addition, remember the ad hoc reason why we began this discussion of Relativistic Mass: Einstein needed to arbitrarily characterize all of the phenomena involved with classical mechanics, including length, time, velocity and mass, so that they could be considered to be relative velocity dependent in order that they would be consistent with his impossible second postulate concerning the absolutely constant velocity of light at c and with the Lorentz transformations.
If Relativistic Mass does not exist, is not empirically valid, and the only remaining mass is classical inertial mass, this is yet another huge inconsistency and contradiction to Einstein’s entire Special Theory. Inter alia, the natural law of mass would, therefore, not be mathematically covariant with respect to Lorentz transformations. Remember Einstein’s edict described in Chapter 27:
“General laws of nature are co-variant with respect to Lorentz transformations…This is a definite mathematical condition that the theory of relativity demands of a natural law…
“If a general law of nature were to be found which did not satisfy this condition, then at least one of the two fundamental assumptions of the theory would have been disproved” (Einstein, Relativity, p. 48).
Well, we have now found yet another law of nature which does not satisfy Einstein’s requirement of co-variance. That natural law is mass.
If mass is not mathematically covariant, then neither are the other concepts of Relativistic Dynamics: Relativistic Momentum, Relativistic Force, Relativistic Energy, Relativistic Acceleration, and E0 = m0c2, which also depend upon Relativistic Mass and relative velocity. Thus, the ad hoc and artificial concepts of Relativistic Dynamics and Relativistic Mechanics become things of the past. Ultimately, Einstein’s entire relativistic house of cards collapses completely.
C. Relativistic Momentum. A Most Revealing Section!
In Newtonian mechanics, the law of force F was sometimes described by the rate of change of momentum, F = d(mv)/dt, where mass m was the constant inertial mass (Feynman, 1963, p. 15-8). Newton’s first law of motion together with his third law implied the conservation of linear momentum mv. This conservation law may be described as follows, “In the absence of external forces, the momentum of any system is conserved in all interactions” (Goldberg, p. 58). In other words, “[T]he sum of the momenta mv for two or more interacting bodies [i.e. in a perfectly elastic collision] is a constant,” zero (French, p. 6). These Newtonian laws of mechanics worked with great precision for well over 200 years.
However, after 1905, Einstein and his relativistic followers decided that when theoretically viewed from two different inertial reference frames and measured by his relativistic kinematics, the magnitude of momentum was not conserved in both reference frames and that this violated Einstein’s principle of relativity. Resnick demonstrated how this non-conservation of momentum was contrived. In a thought experiment, Resnick showed that when two identical billiard balls (each with the same inertial mass and velocity) collide in a perfectly elastic collision, that momentum is conserved for the observer situated in the same inertial system S as the collision, which observer makes proper physical measurements of such collision (Figure 31.3A). Resnick then Lorentz transformed the initial and final velocities of such collision to a distant inertial reference system S′ using Einstein’s relativistic composition of velocity transformations (Chapter 29). This Lorentz transformation procedure, of course, mathematically changed and distorted all of the relevant magnitudes of the collision which was performed in system S so that momentum of such collision would not appear to be conserved for the observer in S′ (Figure 31.3B). Thereafter, Resnick decided that the observer in S′ “will conclude [from the distorted collision viewed in S′] that momentum is not conserved,” and that this violated Einstein’s principle of relativity (Resnick, 1992, p. 482).
For this reason, Resnick stated that “if we are to retain the conservation of momentum as a general law consistent with Einstein’s first postulate, we must find a new definition of momentum” (Ibid). According to Resnick, this new definition must result: 1) in a conservation law where “if momentum is conserved according to an observer in one inertial frame, then [when Lorentz transformed] it is conserved according to observers in all inertial frames,” and 2) “at low speeds, the definition must reduce to p = mv, which we know works perfectly well in the non-relativistic case” (Ibid).
Not surprisingly, this new relativistic definition or formula for momentum turned out to be
(Feynman, 1963, p. 15-8). “Momentum is still given by mv, but (stated Feynman) the new mass m in such formula for Relativistic Momentum is Einstein’s velocity dependant Relativistic Mass, m0” (Ibid). “There will still be conservation of momentum in the same way as before, but the quantity that is being conserved is not the old mv, but instead the quantity [in the above equation for Relativistic Momentum] which has the modified mass” (Ibid).
At the end of his article on Relativistic Momentum, Resnick further insulted our intelligence. He claimed that the above relativistic formula for momentum was in exact agreement with experimental data collected from high energy linear accelerators, which when plotted showed a curve where the assumed momenta of electrons is a function of their assumed velocity (Figure 31.3C). In the process, however, Resnick forgot to inform us that the assumptions of momentum and velocity for such electrons which resulted in such curve had been determined solely by interpretations based on and consistent with the concepts of Special Relativity. Therefore, all that such curve really attempted to confirm was that certain concepts of Special Relativity (i.e. the Relativistic Addition of Velocities and Time Dilation) were consistent with and mathematically confirmed another concept of Special Relativity (i.e. Relativistic Momentum and its associated velocities). In effect, that Special Relativity confirmed itself.
How stupid do the relativists think we are? Resnick took a perfectly valid terrestrial collision experiment which conserved momentum, and then Lorentz transformed it to another distant reference frame which, of course, changed all of its magnitudes and distorted such collision so that momentum would no longer appear to be conserved when viewed by S′ (Figures 31.3A & 31.3B). He then decided to scrap the perfectly correct Newtonian law of momentum mv and replace it with an ad hoc relativistic law for momentum. When the distorted collision experiment in S′ was then mathematically compared with such relativistic law of momentum, they were of course consistent for any inertial reference system moving at any relative velocity v. Then Feynman explained and validated this very obvious mathematical subterfuge.
Are the relativists now so arrogant as to believe that no one else on the planet has a brain; that no one else can see through their artificial and transparent mathematical deceptions? After all, the relativists artificially caused observer S′ to falsely believe that momentum had not been conserved during the collision in system S, by intentionally sending observer S′ distorted magnitudes for such collision by means of Lorentz transformations. What result other than relativistic consistency should any such relativist expect?
It turns out that Relativistic Momentum is not an isolated example of this obvious subterfuge. On the contrary, all Lorentz transformed physical phenomena from one reference frame to another also result in substantially similar transparent mathematical deceptions. Therefore, all of the dozens upon dozens of distorted relativistic concepts and distorted mathematical consequences that result from these Lorentz transformation processes are completely ad hoc, artificial and meaningless. Is this science? Of course not, it is pseudo science.
In one of his lectures, Feynman attempted to demonstrate that Einstein’s equations for mass and momentum were valid and correct. Feynman stated that the Newtonian law of force “is the rate of change of momentum, or F = d(mv)/dt,” where mv is momentum (Feynman, 1963, p. 15-9). “In Newtonian mechanics [momentum] is proportional to the speed…[and it increases until the body] goes faster than light” (Ibid). But this is not really true on Earth. Feynman has forgotten the R (resistance) which we added to Euler’s equation F = ma, to get the more correct equation F = m(a – R). Remember that in Chapter 17, the electromagnetic mass m of a naturally accelerated charged particle (i.e. an electron) appeared to mathematically increase dramatically, depending upon its assumed acceleration (a) or velocity (v), when the path of such electron was theoretically deflected by a strong magnetic field, R. However, this greater mathematical mass m turned out to be just a greater electromagnetic resistance, R.
In a modern synchrotron, if we theoretically accelerate a particle with a tremendous electric current we should increase the charge of the particle to many times the charge of a natural electron in order to greatly increase its velocity. If the path of this highly charged particle is then deflected by a magnetic field which is 2,000 times stronger than normal, this super strong magnetic field should apply 2,000 times the normal electromagnetic resistance to the velocity of the particle.
If we analyze this scenario with the unmodified Newtonian equation for force, this much greater electromagnetic resistance R must be accounted for somewhere, and the only logical place is an increase in the particle’s mass m. On the other hand, if this scenario is analyzed with the properly modified Newtonian equation for force,
then the very great electromagnetic resistance can be accounted for by the R and the lesser velocity v, and the mass m of the particle will remain constant.
Feynman also stated that Einstein’s relativistic law of momentum is
“where the ‘rest mass’ m0 represents the mass of a body that is not moving” and m is “the mass of a body [which] increases with velocity” (Ibid, pp. 15-1 and 15-9). Feynman then went on to conjecture:
“In relativity, the body keeps picking up, not speed, but momentum, which can continually increase because the mass is increasing. After a while there is practically no acceleration in the sense of a change of velocity, but the momentum continues to increase” (Feynman, 1963, p. 15-9).
“But when v is almost equal to c, the square-root expression approaches zero, and the momentum therefore goes toward infinity” (Ibid).
“[At this point] the mass of the electrons in the synchrotron is 2000 times as great as their normal mass, and is as great as that of a proton! That means that…the electrons are getting pretty close to the speed of light” (Ibid).
“When the electrons are going that fast their masses are enormous, but their speed cannot exceed the speed of light” (Ibid).
The problem with this scenario is that Feynman has again forgotten the resistance R. In the synchrotron, if we accelerate a particle with a tremendous electric current in order to increase its velocity, we should increase the charge of the particle to many times the charge of a natural electron. If this very highly charged particle is then deflected by a magnetic field which is 2000 times stronger than normal, it should apply 2000 times the normal electromagnetic resistance R to the velocity of the particle.
If we analyze this scenario with Einstein’s unmodified equation for momentum, this much greater electromagnetic resistance R must be accounted for somewhere, and the only logical place is an increase in the mass m of the particle. On the other hand, if this scenario is analyzed with Einstein’s properly modified equation for momentum,
then the very great electromagnetic resistance can be accounted for by the R and the lesser velocity v, and the mass m of the particle will remain constant. Including the R in the above middle equation solves the empirical problem. Therefore, there is no reason for Einstein’s relativistic equations for mass or momentum.
The primary reason that the author is writing this treatise is so that his readers will ultimately realize that all of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, all of its bizarre relativistic concepts and its distorted mathematical consequences, are nothing more than a huge collection of transparent mathematical deceptions and their ad hoc results. In other words, Einstein’s Special Theory in its entirety was simply a monumental and malignant mathematical hoax, cleverly and diabolically conceived for only one primary meaningless purpose: to mathematically attempt to demonstrate that Einstein’s impossible absolutely constant velocity of light at c relative to all inertial reference frames moving linearly at v should be considered to be a general law of nature (Chapter 21). These distortions, subterfuges, and deceptions which have distorted most of physics, along with Einstein’s entire ad hoc Special Theory, must now be discarded.
D. Relativistic Kinetic Energy
The concept of energy was developed during the 19th century. During the early 1800s, heat (a form of energy also known as thermal energy) was considered to be “a material substance, a fluid called caloric” (Goldberg, p. 63). After this inauspicious false start, great progress ensued. However, it was not until the end of the 19th century that “the concept of energy, which is nothing more than the ability to do work,” became fully developed and generalized (Ibid, p. 414).
The concept of the “conservation of energy” was developed in parallel with the concept of energy. It states that “in any isolated system, the total energy remains constant.” Whereas, energy may be converted from one form to another, when all processes are accounted for there are no net gains or losses (Ibid). In other words,
“At any time, the energy of the system is given by the kinetic energy of motion, [any electromagnetic energy], the various forms of potential energy that might be found in the system [such as gravitational energy] and the heat being generated as a result of the interaction of the various parts” (Goldberg, p. 414).
In classical physics, kinetic energy, K = ½mv2, was defined as the energy of motion of a body, where m was the body’s inertial mass (Miller, p. 313). Resnick defined the classical kinetic energy of a particle in motion as “the work done by an external force in increasing the speed of the particle from zero to some value of u” (Resnick, 1968, p. 120). It is axiomatic that the work done by a body’s motion is equal to the change in its kinetic energy. Therefore, “should the work be zero whatever kinetic energy the body has would be unchanged” (Goldberg, p. 402).
With this brief background in place, let us now return to Einstein. In the second half of § 10 of his Special Theory, Einstein deduced “the kinetic energy of the electron” from his ad hoc equations and rationalizations concerning Relativistic Mass (Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 63]). In Einstein’s own words:
“If an electron moves from rest…under the action of an electrostatic force…as the electron is to be slowly accelerated…the energy withdrawn from the electrostatic field must be put down as equal to the energy of motion W of the electron…we therefore obtain ”
“Thus, when v = c, W becomes infinite. Velocities greater than that of light have—as in our previous results—no possibility of existence” (Ibid, pp. 63 – 64).
If the energy withdrawn from the electrostatic field by the electron’s motion through it results in Einstein’s above equation for velocity dependent relativistic kinetic energy, then the mass m in such equation must be an “electromagnetic mass.” In other words, it must be the resistance of the electrostatic field (medium) to the motion of the electron through it, or an “electromagnetic inertia.” In effect, the mass m in the above equation must be Einstein’s relative velocity dependent Relativistic Mass (Miller, p. 313).
The author asserts the following: When energy creates a force which is applied to do work, i.e. to accelerate the mass m of a body to velocity v, the energy applied is conserved in the greater kinetic energy of motion and momentum mv of the mass of the more rapidly moving body which has the potential to do more work than before. But this process does not change or increase the body’s mass (the number of atoms which constitute the material body or their weight) (Chapter 32).
It is not difficult to see in Einstein’s above equation for kinetic energy the origin of the equation: E = mc2. It follows from the above discussion that any assertion of a relationship between mass and energy in Einstein’s September 1905e paper was really that rest energyE0 equals electromagnetic mass m0 (a resistance) times c2. Rather than being a revolutionary empirical assertion of equivalence, E0 = m0c2 was merely an ad hoc, empirically invalid and meaningless relativistic conjecture by Einstein (Chapter 32).
Immediately thereafter, “from his theory for the motion of an electron in an electromagnetic field” (Miller, p. 313), and from his derivation of Relativistic Mass, Einstein conjectured, “This expression for the kinetic energy must also, by virtue of the argument stated above, apply to ponderable masses as well” (Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 64]). Any empirical skeptic would immediately scream: WHY?
Einstein then further conjectured the existence of three resulting “properties” of the motion of the electron:
First: “It is possible by our theory to determine the velocity of the electron from the ratio of the magnetic power of deflexion Am to the electric power of deflexion Ae, for any velocity, by applying the law Am/Ae = v/c” (Ibid).
This so-called property of determining the velocity of a deflected electron in a magnetic field based on a deflection ratio was merely a mathematical description of what theoretically occurred in Kaufmann’s 1901 – 1902 electron deflection experiments (see Goldberg, p. 134). Kaufmann’s method of measuring the magnetic deflections of electrons (greatly refined and improved) is now the primary method that particle physicists use to interpret the velocities and masses of electrons and other particles in their particle accelerators.
However, we must now ask the questions: How valid is such relativistic method for determining the interpreted tremendous velocities of magnetic deflected masses of atomic particles in particle accelerators, if such masses are really only electromagnetic resistances and electromagnetic inertia masquerading as a ponderable mass; and if Einstein’s relativistic formula was derived in such an ad hoc and artificial manner? Could it be that particle physicists are only theoretically accelerating and virtually deflecting electromagnetic resistances and electromagnetic inertia, and that the resulting photographed “tracks” (interpreted as new particles and their interactions) are really meaningless? Could it be that such interpreted velocities are also only theoretical, virtual and meaningless (Chapters 34 and 35)?
The details for Einstein’s second conjectured “property” of the electron’s motion (the relationship between the potential difference between the momentum traversed by the electron and its acquired velocity v) “were the same as the ones that led to” his relativistic equation for kinetic energy (Miller, p. 314; Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 64]). Einstein’s third conjectured “property” predicted “that an electron injected normally into a constant magnetic field executed circular motion with a radius that was a function of its velocity” (Miller, p. 314; Einstein, 1905d [Dover, 1952, p. 64]). Einstein ended § 10 of his Special Theory with his final mathematical conjecture: “These [last] three relationships are a complete expression for the laws according to which, by the theory here advanced, the electron must move” (Ibid, pp. 64 – 65).
Miller concluded that the last three conjectures (or relationships) followed from Einstein’s Relativity of Simultaneity (Miller, p. 314), which we have demonstrated is empirically invalid (Chapters 25, 26 and 28). Miller was also baffled by them because: 1) “[T]he ratio Am/Ae [v/c] seemed to be indigenous to any theory based on Lorentz’s force equation;” and 2) Einstein’s last two conjectures directly contradicted “Kaufmann’s (1901 – 1903) experiments on injecting electrons normally into parallel electric and magnetic fields” (Ibid). It becomes apparent that all of Einstein’s conjectures in § 10 are probably just that: meaningless conjectures.
By analogy to his discussion of momentum (described in Section C of this chapter and as illustrated by the collisions in Figures 31.3A and 31.3B), Resnick attempted to show why “special relativity gives us a different approach to kinetic energy” (Resnick, 1992, p. 483). Resnick asserted that:
“[I]f we use the classical expression ½mv2, the collision [which conserved kinetic energy in the S frame] does not conserve kinetic energy in the S′ frame…this situation violates the relativity of kinetic energy if we are to preserve the law of conservation of energy and the relativity postulate” (Ibid).
Resnick also asserted that the classical formula, K = ½mv2, which allows kinetic energy to increase without limit, implies that velocity likewise may increase without limit, thereby violating Einstein’s second postulate which demands that a material body may not exceed the speed of light at c (Ibid, pp. 483 – 484; French, pp. 6 – 7).
“We must therefore find a way to redefine kinetic energy, so that the kinetic energy of a particle can be increased without limit while its speed remains less than c” (Resnick, 1992, p. 484).
The relativistic formula for kinetic energy turns out to be the relative velocity dependent quantity
which reduces to ½m0c2 when speeds are much lower than c. Resnick stated that such relativistic formula can also be expressed as K = E – E0, where E is the total relativistic energy
and rest energy E0 is E0 = m02 (Ibid). Finally, Resnick stated that the new relativistic principle for the conservation of energy was: “In an isolated system of particles [where no external work is done by its environment], the total relativistic energy remains constant” (Ibid).
At this point, Resnick returned to his collision thought experiment in an attempt to prove his conjecture that classical kinetic energy (K = ½mv2) in the S frame (Figure 31.3A) was not conserved when Lorentz transformed to the S′ frame. First, Resnick used the velocities given in Figure 31.3B for the S′ frame, and showed that according to observer S′, the kinetic energies before and after the collision (computed according to the classical K = ½mv2) produce two different quantities for K; thus the collision apparently does not conserve classical kinetic energy in S′ (Ibid, p. 483). Secondly, using the relativistic formula for kinetic energy,
Resnick showed that relativistic kinetic energy is conserved in theS′ frame of the collision.
Again, as with Relativistic Momentum, the author must ask the question, “How stupid do the relativists think we are?” Resnick took a perfectly valid collision experiment which conserved kinetic energy in the S frame using the classical equation K = ½mv2 (Figure 31.3A). He then “Lorentz transformed” the initial and final velocities of such collision to another distant reference frame S′, which of course changed all of its magnitudes and distorted such collision so that kinetic energy would no longer appear to be conserved when viewed by S′ (Figure 31.3B). He then decided to scrap the perfectly correct classical law of kinetic energy, K = ½mv2, and to replace it with an ad hoc relativistic formula for kinetic energy. When the distorted collision experiment in S′ was then mathematically compared with such relativistic formula for kinetic energy, they were of course consistent for any inertial reference system moving at any relative velocity of v. What a coincidence!
Are the relativists now so blatantly arrogant as to believe that on one else can see through this obvious mathematical subterfuge…this artificial and transparent mathematical deception? After all, Resnick artificially caused observer S′ to falsely believe that kinetic energy had not been conserved during the collision in system S by intentionally sending observer S′ distorted magnitudes for such collision by means of Lorentz transformations. Should it be a shock to anyone that the transformed and now distorted collision in system S′ appeared not to conserve kinetic energy? What result other than relativistic consistency should Resnick expect in S′? Again, this is not science; it is pseudoscience! In fact, Relativistic Energy, like Relativistic Mass and Relativistic Momentum, rises to the status of a monumental and diabolical hoax.
It is patently obvious to any fair-minded person that if the same collision experiment had been conducted separately in accordance with the classical formula K = ½mv2 in two different reference frames, kinetic energy would have been conserved in each frame. It is only when the Lorentz transformations are misapplied to distort the situation that classical kinetic energy can never be conserved. Again, all of these mathematical subterfuges, deceptions and distortions, along with Einstein’s entire ad hoc Special Theory, must immediately be discarded onto the scientific trash pile of outlandish myths.
E. Relativistic Force, Relativistic Acceleration, etc.
In Newtonian mechanics, the force F in Newton’s second law (F = ma) may also be defined as “the rate of change of momentum, or F = d(mv)/dt” (Feynman, 1963, p. 15-9). Due to the mathematical concepts of Relativistic Mass and Relativistic Momentum, Resnick asserted that “Newton’s second law must now be generalized to
(Resnick, 1968, p. 119). This new expression of force “is not equivalent to writing F = ma…[we do not] simply multiply the acceleration by the relativistic mass” (Ibid, p. 120).
Resnick then conjectured that this new relativistic definition of force correctly describes the motion of high-energy charged particles in a particle accelerator where F is interpreted to be the Lorentz electromagnetic force q(E = uxB). With respect to such Lorentz force equation, E is the electric field, B is the magnetic field, u is the particle velocity (all measured in the same reference frame), and q is the constant invariant electric charge of the particle (Ibid). More ad hoc relativistic conjectures.
Resnick also derived from the relativistic equation for force a relativistic equation for acceleration that, in general, states that “acceleration a is not parallel to the force in relativity” (Resnick, 1968, p. 124). The two exceptions are: 1) “when F and a are parallel to the velocity u” (the mass is then called “longitudinal mass”); and 2) “when F and a are perpendicular to the velocity u” (the formula for the mass is then called “transverse mass”) (Ibid, p. 125). More meaningless bootstrap conjectures.
On the other hand, if the ad hoc concepts of Relativistic Mass and Relativistic Momentum are empirically invalid and meaningless, as we have just demonstrated, then so also must be such formula for Relativistic Force which incorporates such invalid and meaningless relativistic concepts. It follows that any formula for Relativistic Acceleration which is produced by such Relativistic Force must also suffer the same fate.
Regardless of Einstein’s conjectures and his follower’s derivations, computations and further conjectures concerning relativistic force and relativistic acceleration, these concepts cannot be valid for all of the reasons set forth in the previous chapters of this treatise and the previous sections on Relativistic Mass, Relativistic Momentum and Relativistic Energy. They are based on the empirically invalid Lorentz transformations (Chapter 27), and the invalid concepts of relative velocity dependent Relativistic Mass, and on all of the other ad hoc, artificial, and meaningless concepts that constitute Einstein’s Special Theory.
All of Resnick’s conjectures contained in this chapter are perfect examples of the way that all relativists attempt to bootstrap their way from one false relativistic concept to another. All of Resnick’s mathematics and rationalizations are neat and convincing within the framework of Special Relativity, except for one thing: they are all based on false assumptions and are all logically and empirically incorrect.
All of the so-called experimental confirmations of Relativistic Mass and Relativistic Dynamics only deal with charged theoretical particles (i.e. electrons) in high-energy particle accelerators, and their results are all interpretations based on Einstein’s relativistic formulae (Zhang, p. 233). One might ask, what relevance do circular relativistic interpretations of the theoretical electromagnetic resistances, energies and inertias of electrons have with respect to the ponderable masses of material bodies? What (if anything) do they really confirm?
By the 1920s, Einstein and his relativistic mathematical physicist followers had become so bold that they began to conjecture all kinds of wild ad hoc ideas in order to expand Einstein’s Special Theory. For example:
“Owing to the general validity of the Lorentz-Einstein transformations, it becomes permissible to apply them to all manner of phenomena. In this way it was found that temperature, pressure and many other physical magnitudes turned out to be relatives” (D’Abro, 1950, p. 160).
In other words, all of such phenomena become relative velocity dependent relativistic concepts of physics. This unscientific process cannot be allowed to continue.