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January 28 2013

Purported Relativity Paradox Resolved


You can rest easier now: A purported conflict between the century-old theory of classical electrodynamics and Einstein's theory of special relativity doesn't exist, a chorus of physicists says.

Last April, Masud Mansuripur, an electrical engineer at the University of Arizona in Tucson, claimed that the equation that determines the force exerted on an electrically charged particle by electric and magnetic fieldsóthe Lorentz force lawóclashes with relativity, the theory that centers on how observers moving at a constant speed relative to one another will view the same events.

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