Gedanken experiments and the relativity of simultaneity

Gary E. Bowman

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Albert Einstein used his famous gedanken (thought) experiment of a train struck by two lightning bolts to illustrate the relativity of simultaneity. I discuss foundational and pedagogical aspects of this experiment and of a lesser known but conceptually simpler alternative gedanken experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1099
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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