The Abraham Zelmanov Journal
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Tangherlini's Dissertation and Its Significance for Physics of the 21th Century
Here we comment on some of the most important results obtained by Frank Robert Tangherlini, in his Dissertation of 1958. We show that the main difference between the Tangherlini transformations and the Lorentz transformations arises from a special method synchronizing two clocks spatially separated in two different inertial reference frames as was suggested by Tangherlini, which is different from Einstein's method of synchronization suggested earlier. It is shown, despite the aforementioned circumstance and also despite the fact that the Tangherlini transformations differ from the Lorentz transformations (in particular, the Tangherlini transformations allow the velocity of light to be anisotropic in a moving inertial frame of reference), the Tangherlini transformations provide adequate explanations to all known well-verified experimental tests of the Special Theory of Relativity. Several possible applications of the Tangherlini transformations could give an explanation to the effects, already predicted by physicists but not yet registered. In particular, once the effects have been experimentally observed (a possible violation of the Lorentz-invariance may be involved), the effects might be more properly described with use of the formalism of the Tangherlini transformations.
Ref: The Abraham Zelmanov Journal, 2009, volume 2, pages 121-147
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