Invisibility of the Lorentz Contraction

  title={Invisibility of the Lorentz Contraction},
  author={J. Terrell},
  journal={Physical Review},
  • J. Terrell
  • Published 1959
  • Physics
  • Physical Review
  • It is shown that, if the apparent directions of objects are plotted as points on a sphere surrounding the observer, the Lorentz transformation corresponds to a conformal transformation on the surface of this sphere. Thus, for sufficiently small subtended solid angle, an object will appear---optically--- the same shape to all observers. A sphere will photograph with precisely the same circular outline whether stationary or in motion with respect to the camera. An object of less symmetry than a… CONTINUE READING
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