When objects move at relativistic speeds, some strange things happen. This is an attempt to explain some of the geometric distortions that occur.
A complete description of relativistic effects includes the following:
(These links are included for convenience. For the complete tour, click on the explanation link below.)
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Brief History of the discovery of relativistic effects.
I have tried to make these pages viewable in text based browsers; the text acting to explain the pictures throughly. However, I believe that in most cases, the pictures are still necessary.