Re: math merit

Eugene Leitl (
Fri, 2 Jul 1999 11:30:13 -0700 (PDT)

Kragen Sitaker writes:

> If I say that traveling at close to the speed of light makes your time
> appear to pass more slowly to a stationary observer and makes you
> flatten out like a raindrop or a pancake, that is much more useful than
> knowing that t' = t/sqrt(1 - v^2/c^2) and x' = x sqrt(1 - v^2/c^2).
> Those equations are only useful if they can be reduced to some kind of
> statement in human terms of what will happen -- which is necessarily
> inexact.

Rather seeing that as the equations' fault I'd assume the fault lies
at the human end. Humanity should be changed, not mathematics.