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Lorentz transformation and lorentz-einstein transformations

  1. Feb 28, 2007 #1
    I find in the literature of the subject:
    Lorentz transformations and Lorentz-Einstein transformations. The use of one or of the other could lead to a difference in interpretation?
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  3. Feb 28, 2007 #2

    Meir Achuz

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    I think most people loosely use them interchangeably.
    In strict terms, saying simply LT is a misnomer (even though we all use it).
    Lorentz meant a real physical change in the matter in order to avoid SR.
    The L-ET is a change in the coordinate system in order to leave the matter unchanged, which is SR. I confess to still saying LT when I mean L-ET.
    It's sort of like saying "I weigh 80 kilograms."
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