Il Nuovo Cimento B (1971-1996)

, Volume 108, Issue 1, pp 7–15 | Cite as

The historical misconception in relativistic statics

  • Hsiao-Bai Ai


This paper shows that the historical misconception in relativistic statics did not arise from the simultaneity or lack of physical quantities but from their definition for an extended body in special relativity. As long as all the concerning physical quantities in a given problem are well defined in terms of the fundamental physical quantities such as length, time, mass, etc., the paradoxes in relativistie statics may be dispelled. The author presents a new formulation to treat the problems in relativistic statics. The application of the new formulation to the relativistic-thread problem is shown to be successful. Without any artificial fabrications, by using four equivalent ways, the new formulation shows that there exists no paradox.


03.30 Special relativity 


04.20.Cv Fundamental problems and general formalism 


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© Società Italiana di Fisica 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hsiao-Bai Ai
    • 1
  1. 1.Shanghai Institute of Nuclear ResearchAcademia SinicaShanghaiChina

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