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  •  That's a misunderstanding (2+ / 0-)
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    Cat4everrr, guyeda

    If you observe him traveling at a velocity approaching c relative to you, you will observe he has a very small size and an enormous mass. He will observe the same thing about you (you, after all, are traveling close to c with respect to him as well).

    But within his frame of reference, everything will seem normal.

    If you're traveling on a train, the sound of the wheels is constant to you, but varies in pitch for an observer standing next to the track. Conversely, when you pass a signal that's clanging, it changes in pitch as you approach and pass, but a stationary observer next to the signal hears a constant pitch from it ('stationary' meaning the observer and signal are moving at the same velocity, just as you're moving at the same velocity as the train).

    No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up - Lily Tomlin

    by badger on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 11:44:42 PM PDT

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    •  Nice Visual (0+ / 0-)

      I could map out in my mind what you convey.  Anyone who can break down quantum physics on an elementary level is ok with me.   Thanks so much!

      When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even. -Percy Bysshe

      by Cat4everrr on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 04:19:16 AM PDT

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