A sophisticate's primer of relativity by P. W Bridgman

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As if that part of the earth, where the ship is, was truly moved towards the east, with a velocity of 10010 parts; while the ship itself, with a fresh gale, and full sails, is carried 22 Chapter 1 towards the west, with a velocity expressed by 10 of those parts; but a sailor walks in the ship towards the east, with 1 part of the said velocity; then the sailor will be moved truly in immovable space towards the east, with a velocity of 1000 1 parts, and relatively on the earth towards the west, with a velocity of 9 of those parts.

Not all seventeenth- and eighteenth-century relationists were so narrow minded. Unlike Mach, Huygens and Leibniz were realists about the motions of particles too little to see with the naked eye or with the aid of a microscope. This leads one to suspect that underneath the epistemological gloss Huygens and Leibniz sometimes put on their arguments are considerations that stand independently of observability. Consider Huygens's dig at New­ ton's form of absolute motion: "Those who imagine a true motion without respect to other bodies have realized that motion cannot be discerned or distinguished in those bodies which move uniformly in free motion, since in that infinite space they see as immovable, the senses do not find anything which could give rise to such a judgment" (Huygens 1 88 8 - 1 950, 1 6 : 226).

IV. Absolute motion is the translation of a body from one absolute place into another; and relative motion, the translation from one relative place into another. Thus in a ship under sail, the relative place of a body is that part of the ship which the body possesses; or that part of the cavity which the body fills, and which therefore moves together with the ship: and relative rest is the continuance of the body in the same part of the ship, or of its cavity. But real, absolute rest, is the continuance of the body in the same part of that immovable space, in which the ship itself, its cavity, and all that it contains, is moved.

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