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Tribute to Herbert Dingle
(Born 2 August 1890 - Died 4 September 1978)

" It is ironical that, in the very field in which Science has claimed superiority to Theology, for example - in the abandoning of dogma and the granting of absolute freedom to criticism - the positions are now reversed. Science will not tolerate criticism of special relativity, while Theology talks freely about the death of God, religionless Christianity, and so on." H.Dingle

This message is a tribute to professor Herbert Dingle, one of the greatest scientist's the world has ever seen. Professor Dingle's greatest achievement came in 1972 when his book, "SCIENCE at the Crossroads"  was published by Martin Brian & O'Keeffe, London.

In his book, prof. Dingle shows that Einstein's theory of special relativity is an irrational theory. For a man with prof. Dingle's background, (He wrote at least a dozen 'scientific' books before his rationality was restored ) to publish, " SCIENCE at the Crossroads" was indeed an act of courage unparalleled in recent times.

I quote from page 17 of prof. Dingle's book,
" Science at the crossroads ":

" It would naturally be supposed that the point at issue, even if less esoteric than it is generally supposed to be, must still be to subtle and profound for the ordinary reader to be expected to understand it. On the contrary, it is one of the most extreme simplicity. According to the theory, if you have two exactly similar clocks, A and B, and one is moving with respect to the other, they must work at different rates,i.e. one works more slowly than the other. But the theory also requires that you cannot distinguish which clock is the 'moving' one; it is equally true to say that A rests while B moves and that B rests while A moves. The question therefore arises: how does one determine, consistently with the theory, which clock works the more slowly? Unless the question is answerable, the theory unavoidably requires that A works more slowly than B and B more slowly than A - which it requires no super- intelligence to see is impossible. Now, clearly, a theory that requires an impossibility cannot be true, and scientific integrity requires, therefore, either that the question just posed shall be answered, or else that the theory shall be acknowledged to be false. But as I have said, more than 13 years of continuous effort has failed to produce either response. The question is left by the experimenters to the mathematical specialists, who either ignore it or shroud it in various obscurities, while experiments involving enormous physical risk go on being performed. "
* Mr. Dingle continues:

" It cannot be too strongly emphasized that this question  is exactly what it appears to be, with every word and phrase bearing it's ordinary, generally understood, meaning; it is not a profoundly complicated  question, artificially simplified to bring it within the scope of the non scientific readers intelligence.  It is presented here in it's full scientific reality , and the ordinary reader is fully competent  to understand whether a proffered answer is in fact an answer or an evasion as is the most learned physicist or mathematician  - though, of course, he may not be able to judge whether the suggested answer is true or not."

In the appendix of his book; II " THE CASE AGAINST SPECIAL RELATIVITY "  Mr. Dingle  gives three reasons how Einstein's theory of special relativity can be saved.
I quote Dingle:

" (I) It is often held that the logical structure of the theory is is unassailable, and that therefore the theory can be disproved , if at all, only by experiment : hence , any such paper disproof as the forgoing must necessary  be fallacious and there is no need to waste time in discovering where the fallacy lies." Page 231
" (II) The resistance most commonly felt by practical physicists to the disproof of the theory arises from the conviction that the experimental evidence for it is to strong to overcome by a mere piece of logical jugglery  which, in face of  it, has no more weight than Zeno's proof that Achilles could not overtake the tortoise. " (See my exposure of the Achilles fallacy - Chap2 para2)
Page 232
" (III) Another apparent possibility of saving Einstein's theory  lies in the supposition that equations 3 and 4(page230) are not really contradictory because they refer not to objective phenomena but merely to appearances: A appears to go slow when observed from B, and B appears to go slow as when observed from A......
_ that if this were so the whole theory would be concerned merely with appearances and could not possibly lead  to an explanation of any of the objective  phenomena for which the theory was designed.  "Page 236

There is no need to say much more about Einstein's 'special theory of relativity', it is clearly irrational, it was fabricated by Einstein in order to correct a false premise. On page 9 Chapter III of  RELATIVITY (The Special and the General Theory) Mr. Einstein makes the following statement: I quote

" I stand at the window of a railway carriage which is traveling uniformly, and drop a stone on the embankment , without throwing it. Then, disregarding the influence of the air resistance , I see the stone descending in a straight line. A pedestrian who observes the misdeed  from a footpath notices that the stone falls to earth in a parabolic curve. Now I ask: Do the "positions"  traverses by the stone lie " in reality " on a straight line or on a parabola ? (my emphasis)

The answer is : " a parabolic curve ".   

Mr. Einstein has ignored the 'moving earth' (even taking the carriage as frame of reference, which is another misdeed). It only appears for Mr. Einstein(he wrote 'I see')  in the carriage, as if the stone is falling in a straight line. Both observers will plot the path of the falling stone as a parabolic curve. The frame of reference for both observers is the earth. There is no need for a 'special' theory of relativity, it is a false theory.


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List of books written by Prof. Herbert Dingle.

1. Relativity for all.1922
2. Modern Astrophysics.1924
3. Science and human experience.1931
4. Through Science to Philosophy.1937
5. The Special Theory of Relativity.1940
6. Mechanical Physics.1941
7. Sub-Atomic Physics.1942
8. Science and Literary Criticism.1949
9. Practical Applications of Spectrum Analysis.1950
10.The Scientific Adventure.1952
11.The Source of Sir Eddington's Philosophy.1954
12.A Century of Science(Editor).1951
13.A Threefold Cord (with late Viscount Samuel).1961
14.SCIENCE at the Crossroads.1972

* Updated: 27 August 2015