At the time of the completion of this work in
1990, there was scant published literature
challenging the validity of the principles of the
Special Theory of Relativity (STR). This was
primarily the result of editorial policies
declaring STR to be a "scientific fact"
rather than a theory. This unprecedented
exclusionary policy is still in effect today. The
scientific and academic institutions have also
suppressed challenges to STR, relegating such work
to the status of "pseudo science."
Fortunately, the development of the Internet
provides an alternative means of publication that
circumvents this institutional bias. Yet, as the
past one hundred years has shown, logic alone cannot
dissuade those whose academic and professional
careers are steeped in the principles of STR. Only
a definitive experiment that is not subject to the
machinations of STR will do.
the U.S. government commits enormous resources in
support of experiments designed to further
"confirm" the General Theory of Relativity and to
search for such elusive phenomena as gravitational
waves. Valuable time aboard space shuttle
missions that could be used to test alternatives
to STR is instead used to deploy high school level
experiments involving ant farms, spinning tops,
and motorized toys. One would like to believe
that among the billions of dollars spent on such
esoteric projects, a small amount could be
earmarked for relatively simple experiments that
would at once expose the fallacy of STR and
significantly change the course of modern
the rapid advancement of technology,
contradictions to STR arise with increasing
frequency. The optical gyroscope directly
contradicts the principles of STR since its very
function relies upon a preferred frame of
reference for light transmission. Yet, proponents
of STR are able to wriggle free through the
sophistry of "rotating frames of reference."
Thus, experiments must be carefully designed to
avoid such convenient avenues of escape.
experiment proposed in the original publication of
this work in 1990 utilized a photographic plate to
record the displacement of a light pulse emitted
parallel and anti-parallel to platform motion.
This method was chosen since beam impact points
would not be subject to interpretation, but
instead would constitute concrete physical
evidence. With the improved technology of photon
detectors, the photographic plate has been
replaced by a quadrant detector in the latest
version of the experiment. No concepts of clocks,
synchronicity, or frames of reference are
introduced into the experiment. The experimental
design is easily deployed and provides continuous
output such that external disturbances can be
identified and removed from the resulting data.
In addition, the direction of beam deflection is
both predictable and verifiable and is thus
capable of providing the unmistakable signature of
a transmitting medium. As such, the proposed
design is superior to experimental configurations
using interferometer technology.
Ultimately the fallacy of STR will be exposed.
When that time arrives, those who defended the
theory with such intolerance and conceit will
insist that they never really believed it, but
that the theory merely provided a convenient
method to describe electromagnetic phenomena at
that day of revelation comes soon.