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Just noticed this, is not it neat?

  1. Sep 30, 2005 #1
    The eccentricity of an ellipse is equal to the time dialation coefficient (or its inverse?) where a is any value representing the velocity of light and b is a value less than a (obviously) representing some value of velocity.

    I know how the relativistic transformation is derived, but dont know how the eccentricity of an ellipse is derived, perhaps that is why it surprised me.

    I just find it pretty neat how a ratio between distances in a simple shape have implications in special relativity.
     
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