## Communication with no time boundaries?

Assuming a perfectly rigid pole stretching from the Moon to the Earth. Wouldn't pushing on one end be felt instantly at the other?

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 Quote by wrekced Assuming a perfectly rigid pole stretching from the Moon to the Earth. Wouldn't pushing on one end be felt instantly at the other?
If perfectly rigid poles exists, then yes information could be transmitted instantly. However, perfectly rigid bodies are forbidden by Special Relativity.

 Quote by Hootenanny If perfectly rigid poles exists, then yes information could be transmitted instantly. However, perfectly rigid bodies are forbidden by Special Relativity.
Hmmm. Thanks! How in particular does Special Relativity forbid perfectly rigid bodies?

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## Communication with no time boundaries?

 Quote by wrekced Hmmm. Thanks! How in particular does Special Relativity forbid perfectly rigid bodies?
SR forbids perfectly rigid bodies precisely because it violates the postulate that information cannot be transmitted faster than the speed of light.
 Information and matter are two different things. In a sense matter isn't moving anywhere. Its the communication between each particle?

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 Quote by wrekced Hmmm. Thanks! How in particular does Special Relativity forbid perfectly rigid bodies?
What do you think holds the molecules in a material together? Electromagnetic forces, which is governed by SR. When you transmit any vibration in a material, that vibration is being transferred via such EM forces. So it cannot be faster than c. In fact, it is quite a bit slower because the molecules/atoms have masses.

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 Quote by Aethelwulf Information and matter are two different things. In a sense matter isn't moving anywhere. Its the communication between each particle?
Information and matter are indeed two different things, but matter does move in this case. If you apply a force to a rod - it moves.
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 Information and matter are two different things.
Says who? Oh how naive we are...."we know much, we understand little."

New views of the universe as a quantum computer say information is the basic constituent of matter and energy...and anyway, information theory can be viewed as a more general theory of entropy...as usual, everything is linked in mysterious ways we so often fail to discern.

Before Einstein, time and space were thought to be fixed, different, unrelated entities.....having little if anything to do with gravity...people would have laughed at the thought they are so intimately related before Einstein's insights.

As nature increases entropy over time it also dissipates information....see DECODING THE UNIVERSE, Charles, Seife....also some views in Wikipedia...

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