Gedanken experiments and the relativity of simultaneity

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Albert Einstein used his famous gedanken (thought) experiment of a train struck by two lightning bolts to illustrate the relativity of simultaneity. I discuss foundational and pedagogical aspects of this experiment and of a lesser known but conceptually simpler alternative gedanken experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1099
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

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Gedanken experiments and the relativity of simultaneity. / Bowman, Gary E.

In: European Journal of Physics, Vol. 26, No. 6, 01.11.2005, p. 1093-1099.

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