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This video is chapter 7 in my series on special relativity, and it covers the idea that some things AREN’T relative: there IS a sense of absolute length and absolute time, which can be agreed upon from all moving perspectives (as long as they’re inertial reference frames). In particular, proper length and proper time, aka the spacetime interval. Essentially, this is the spacetime version of the pythagorean theorem, and we’ll explore it using the Lorentz transformations of lengths and time intervals, enacted with a mechanical minkowski diagram, aka mechanical Lorentz transformation, aka spacetime globe.
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