January 15, 2004

Science! Physics! Can You Help Me Here?!

Okay, so, something's been bothering me as of late, and I think it directly relates to Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

So, let's say you're in a car, moving at 65 m.p.h. Then, in the other lane, there's a car coming at you at 65 m.p.h. Okay, but, relative to you, wouldn't the other car be coming at you at 130 m.p.h., or, alternatively, relative to him, wouldn't you be traveling at 130 m.p.h?

Given that, I guess what's been bothering me is this: if you somehow manage to get a vehicle to travel at half the speed of light, and then you send another vehicle at the first vehicle at half the speed of light, wouldn't it be true that, when the vehicles pass, they'd pass each other at the speed of light, and isn't that supposed to be impossible?

Does anybody know? Does anybody care? Can somebody answer me this? ANYONE?

Posted by Ryan at January 15, 2004 04:03 PM
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