# Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity Debunked

It’s been a long time since I’ve first questioned Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and his fixing of the speed of light (*in vacuo*) as a constant. For years, the idea somehow did not sit well with me. After all isn’t any velocity determined by a ratio of distance and time such as in the simple relationship d = rt? Why then should the computed speed of light be any different? Fixing c as a constant in the equation c = d/t, requires that to remain consistent, when d changes, t must also change at the same rate. And this is what Einstein proposed,

I’d like to show that itâ€™s not necessary to fix the speed of light to explain certain observations without resorting to the rigmarole of Special Relativity and the contradictory conclusions forced by it. I will demonstrate this by imagining a simplified version of the Michelson Morley experiment, and why they could not detect the “ether.”

We start with these assumptions:

- The speed of light is not fixed.
- The addition of velocities applies to the speed of light.
- When light is reflected, it is actually re-propagated by the receiving atoms of the reflecting surface.
- The speed of light is constant relative to its source, not the observer.

Imagine a light source directed at a mirror at a fixed distance (d) from the source and that the system of source and mirror are moving through space at a velocity of v in a straight line from source to mirror, while the speed of light in a non-moving system is propagated through space at a velocity of c. Doing a few simple calculations, keeping our assumptions in mind, we come to conclusion that the M&M experiment must fail to detect linear motion through space.

First, we calculate the time (t_{1}) it takes the light beam to reach the mirror: t_{1} = (d + vt_{1}) / (c + v). We add vt_{1} to d since the total distance travelled through space is increased by the movement of the entire system. And the total velocity (c + v) follows assumption 2 above. This calculation reduces to t_{1} = d / c, as we might expect in a non-moving system.

Next, calculate the time (t_{2}) it takes for the light beam reflected off the mirror to reach the original source: t_{2} = (d – vt_{2}) / (c – v). The return distance is reduced by vt_{2} because of the motion, but the return rate is given by (c – v); remember assumption 4, and according to assumption 3 the light is re-propagated *and the mirror is now the light source*. Since the original source is approaching the mirror (the light source), the total velocity is given as (c – v)! This calculation also reduces to t_{2} = d / c, and the total time (t_{1} + t_{2}) it takes for the entire trip is 2d / c, again, the same as in a non-moving system.

Therefore, it seems that the assumption that the speed of light in vacuo is a constant is not merely unnecessary, it is simply not correct.

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