Relative Reality

by Steinberg, Gary

Abstract (Summary)
The consequences of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity are explored in an imaginary world where the speed of light is only 10 m/s. Emphasis is placed on phenomena experienced by a solitary observer: the aberration of light, the Doppler effect, the alteration of the perceived power of incoming light, and the perception of time. Modified ray-tracing software and other visualization tools are employed to create a video that brings this imaginary world to life. The process of creating the video is detailed, including an annotated copy of the final script. Some of the less explored aspects of relativistic travel – discovered in the process of generating the video – are discussed, such as the perception of going backwards when actually accelerating from rest along the forward direction.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:special relativity visual appearance aberration of light doppler effect


Date of Publication:01/01/2002

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