length contraction

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length contraction

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The idea is to eliminate the Lorentzian metric structure of spacetime by looking at the effects of relative motion on measuring devices, that is, at time dilation and Fitzgerald contraction.
This was called the FitzGerald contraction, but it seemed ad hoc (that is, an explanation made up just to account for a particular observation and nothing else).