The drawing at the start of this Chapter shows the street as seen by Mr Tompkins, for whom the speed of light is c = 20 mi/h. What does Mr Tompkins look like to the people standing on the street (Fig. 26-12)? Explain.
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Mr. Tompkins will look thin to the people standing on the streets. This is because, as the length contradiction formula says: “the length of an object is measured to be shorter when it is moving relative to the observer than when it is at rest.”
While Mr. Tompkins is riding his bicycle, in the reference frame of the people...