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Asunto:[debunker] Letter to the Editor
Fecha:Viernes, 16 de Noviembre, 2001  06:46:38 (-0500)
Autor:illu minati <illu03>

I am sending you a copy of a letter that I had mailed to
Time magazine in response to their selection of Albert
Einstein as “Person of the Century.” As you probably
know, Time published nine letters in the January24, 2000
issue, none critical of their choice. —Pari Spolter
In the introductory article “who mattered and why,” Time
magazine Managing Editor Walter Isaacson mentions this
century’s pioneers in science and technology. Missing from
the list were: British physicist Louis Essen (1908-1997), the
inventor of the atomic clock at the National Physical
Laboratory at Teddington, Middlesex in 1955; Bill Gates, the
developer of the Disk Operating System, and NASA’s
unprecedented achievements in space exploration and
maintenance of the system of satellites that makes global
phone and Internet communications possible.
Yes, the kindly professor with a wild halo of hair, pierc-
ing eyes, and engaging personality, who traveled with his
violin and played Mozart, was a sympathetic figure. But
giving Einstein credit for the remarkable advances in sci-
ence and technology, most of which occurred during the
latter half of the century, is erroneous.
Referring to the paper on the special theory of relativity,
you admit: “It was based, like much of Einstein’s work, on a
thought experiment. . .“ The revolutionary advances in tech-
nology, which have transformed the world in the past half-
century, are the result of real experiments.
The unveiling of the mysteries of the universe is an ongoing
process. Einstein proposed his theories. The special and gener-
al theories of relativity have been controversial. I have dis-
cussed some serious flaws in these theories in Chapters 2 and
3 of my book, Gravitational Force of the Sun. There is an exten-
sive survey of the literature, with references to numerous arti-
cles and books by many authors who have criticized the rela-
tivity theories. The Michelson and Morley (MM) experiment
did not provide direct evidence for length contraction or for
time dilation. The logical conclusion from the MM-type exper-
iments is that an assumption of the simple additive effect of
velocities, C±v, is incorrect when dealing with electromagnetic
radiation. Michelson and Morley measured the distance. They
did not measure a change in the wavelength. In recent experi-
ments, Silvertooth and Whitney’ have used a standing wave
sensor to scan through the laser beam and detect the position
of the nodes with high precision. They found that the spacing
between the nodes varied with orientation of the apparatus
and with the time of day. For calculation of the velocity of the
solar system, they have used the Doppler formula rather than
simple addition of velocities used in the Michelson-Morley
paper and they have detected the motion of the Earth.
Missing from the twenty-four page article was any mention
of critical comments such as: “The general public is misled
into believing that science is a mysterious subject which can
be understood by only a few exceptionally gifted mathemati-
cians”; “[The] continued acceptance and teaching of relativity
hinder the development of a rational extension of electro-
magnetic theory”; “Students are told that the theory must be
accepted although they cannot expect to understand it. They
are encouraged right at the beginning of their careers to for-
sake science in favor of dogma,” and “There have always been
critics: Rutherford treated it as a joke. . . I do not think
Rutherford would have regarded the theory as a joke, had he
realized how it would retard the rational development of sci-
ence”2’3 by the distinguished British physicist Louis Essen, the
inventor of the atomic clock and a fellow of the Royal Society
who was forced into early retirement because he dared to pub-
licly express his opposition to the relativity theory.
Verification of Einstein’s theories, or dreams, is costing the
taxpayers a great deal of money. In the 1960s, Joseph Weber,
a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, claimed
he had detected gravitational waves, which were predicted by
Einstein’s general theory of relativity. During the next
decade, fifteen other research groups around the world
obtained negative results even with markedly improved sen-
sitivities of the instruments. These negative results did not
discourage the diehard supporters of Einstein’s general theo-
ry of relativity. They just said that they needed more money
for outrageously gigantic equipments to reach higher preci-
sion. At a cost of more than $300 million, two separate instal-
lations of Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave
Observatory (LIGO) are under construction now. Each instal-
lation consists of two pipes 4 km long. Another boondoggle
project, funded by taxpayers for more than thirty years, is the
Stanford Gyroscopes, or Gravity Probe-B. They propose to
measure a precession of 0.042 arcseconds per year at an alti-
tude of about 650 km, to test Einstein’s general relativity.
When you consider that solar wind at that height sometimes
reaches speeds as high as 800 km s-1, the futility of the enter-
prise is obvious. These projects are diverting the needed
funds from other more important research, such as harness-
ing of solar energy and other means of producing clean and
affordable energy and research on climate control to find out
how to prevent tornadoes and floods and how to make rain
when and where it is most needed for agriculture.
When some scientists send a paper questioning the valid-
ity of the theory itself, they cannot get their paper accepted
in any scientific journal.
The selection was rigged. The obvious choice for “Persons
of the Century”: The winners of the 1956 Nobel Prize in
Physics, John Bardeen (1908-1991), Walter Houser Brattain
(1902-1987), and William Shockley (1910-1989), the inven-
tors of the transistor at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New
Jersey. This invention, more than any other, launched the rev-
olutionary advances in technology in the past half-century.
Pan Spolter
Granada Hills, California

Silvertooth, E.W. 1989. “Motion Through the Ether,”
Electronics & Wireless World, 96, 43 7-438; see also Silvertooth,
E.W. and Whitney, C.K. 1992. “A New Michelson-Morley
Experiment,” Physics Essays, 5, 82-89.
Essen, L. 1978. “Relativity and Time Signals: The Theory is
so Rigidly Held that Young Scientists Dare Not Openly
Time Magazine Off Track on Einstein

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