Please consider this simple, but very interesting interpretation of the nature of space in special relativity. Space is both relative AND absolute. Why? Let's take a very simple example. The Eiffel Tower is 10,000 miles East from City X and 2,000 miles East from City Y. Michael is in City X, Tim is in City Y. If we were to plot everything that exists for Michael and for Tim on an imaginary map, Michael would disagree with Tim on where the Eiffel Tower is; for Michael it would be 10,000 miles East, for Tim it would be 2,000 miles East. Space in this case is relative; Michael and Tim disagree on what they find at 10,000 miles East and they disagree on what they find at 2,000 miles East. However, when Michael takes into account that Tim is where he is (i.e., 8,000 miles away from him) he now understands how Tim sees the Eiffel Tower as being only 2,000 miles East. Space here is absolute; they now both agree on where the Eiffel Tower is. Is this distinction made at all in special relativity? I think it is a very important one. Basically, space is relative until we take into account the position of others, then space ceases to be relative. The same could be said for time (possibly challenging the notion of the relative simultaneity of events). Any insights would be much, much appreciated!