#### BELIEVE ME NOT! **-** **-** A SKEPTICs GUIDE

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If we compare the LORENTZ TRANSFORMATIONS with the
GALILEAN TRANSFORMATIONS, several striking qualitative features
are apparent: the first is the multiplicative factor
which
describes both TIME DILATION and LORENTZ CONTRACTION;
the second is the fact that *time* and *space*
get *mixed together* by the LORENTZ TRANSFORMATION -
a blasphemy in the paradigm of classical Physics.

The latter weirdness is going to be confusing no matter what we do;
is there any way to at least make it *look* familiar?
What we need is an *analogy* with something that *does*
"make sense" and is still intact. Fortunately there is a
precedent for a transformation that *mixes coordinates*,
namely the ROTATION.

*Jess H. Brewer *

1999-03-19