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Empirical Verification of Time Dilation in Special Relativity

Harry Hamlin Ricker
Year: 2011 Pages: 5
This paper takes a look at the interpretations of the physical concepts of time in special relativity, which is usually interpreted in terms of time dilation. The usual understanding of the theory is that the postulate of the constancy of light velocity implies a change in the structure of space and time, or as it is usually termed ?space-time?. This interpretation is reassessed from a different viewpoint and it is found that with respect to the experimental evidence, the interpretations given within the context of special relativity are not logically consistent or supported by the facts of experiments or by engineering practice in the GPS system. The failure to find a clear and convincing argument which connects the postulates of special relativity with the experimental facts shows that the theory has no substantial empirical verification and should be rejected.