What is the Terrell Effect?

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What is the Terrell Effect?
« on: 01/04/2005 11:53:36 »
Hi every body,
Do you have heard of terrell effect.
In 1959 James Terrell observed that whenever a snapshot of a fast moving body is taken, such that the line of vision is inclined to the direction of the motion, the object is gone a rotation rather that contraction.
Can any body explain this PHENOMENON lagicaly and mathematicaly?


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Re: What is the Terrell Effect?
« Reply #1 on: 01/04/2005 12:27:18 »
Hadn't heard of it, but it makes sense. Found a good explanation at:

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/SR/penrose.html

(John Baez always has good info btw,  he's legit)
Errare humanum esd.-- Biggus D.

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Re: What is the Terrell Effect?
« Reply #2 on: 02/04/2005 07:44:38 »
i visited the link but i am not satisfied with the explanation it was having as it cotains no digramatical sketch.


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Re: What is the Terrell Effect?
« Reply #3 on: 02/04/2005 12:54:57 »
Errare humanum esd.-- Biggus D.