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I'm reading a book about the interpretations of the findings of Einstein and others and i came across a statement that sounded very nice, but since it's its author is more tendentious to the Lorentz interpretation, I'm not sure if it's right. As I understood it, the point is like:

Length contraction and time dilation aren't really the object being deformed or time doing funny things. Everything is just 4 dimensional things that appears funny when looked from different perspectives, just like a snake may appear to be very small if it's perfectly straight and looked directly in its face (we would only see it's face and have no idea of its length) , and very big if looked from above.

In a direct citation:

Similarly, time dilation does not involve a literal slowing down of relatively moving clocks as they endure through time, but rather results from the application of different coordinate systems to the changeless 4-dimensional object and calculating the difference between the temporal coordinates of two events. P. 25.

The book is "Einstein, relativity and absolute simultaneity" from Craig and Smith.

Thanks! =)