Special Relativity- a Special case of Infinite Regress

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Physics is considered a science of experiment. Nevertheless, the greater discoveries in physics were made by theoretical assumptions.

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Special Relativity- aSpecial case of Infinite Regress(Painting: Salvador Dali)About the absolute character of physical theoriesPhysics is considered a science of experiment. Nevertheless, the greater discoveries in physics were made by theoretical assumptions. The atomic theory of Democritus, the law of gravity of Newton, Maxwells equations of electromagnetism, Einsteins theory of special and general relativity, are some examples. Of course, a theory must be tested experimentally. If the results of an experiment dont match with the theory, then the theory is discarded. But if the initial theory is quite strong then it can prevail over any experimental verification or even any logical proof. A short history of lightSince the earliest times there was a division between those who believed that the speed of light was finite and those who believed that the speed of light was infinite. From our point of view it may seem that a discussion about the speed of light is a closed case but it is very interesting to see that through history the opposite could hold true as well. For example, based on logical assumptions, Heron of Alexandria argued that the speed of light must be infinite because distant objects such as stars appear immediately upon opening the eyes.Empedocles was perhaps the first to claim that light has a finite speed. He maintained that light was something in motion, and therefore must take some time to travel. Aristotle argued, on the con

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