In 1905 Albert Einstein found it profitable to introduce an axiom that he had "borrowed" from the theory of the nonexistent ether:
Albert Einstein: "I introduced the principle of the constancy of the velocity of light, which I borrowed from H. A. Lorentz's theory of the stationary luminiferous ether..."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorentz_ether_theory
The constancy is obvious nonsense. Einstein wrestled with his conscience "over a lengthy period of time, to the point of despair" before introducing it:
John Stachel: "But this seems to be nonsense. How can it happen that the speed of light relative to an observer cannot be increased or decreased if that observer moves towards or away from a light beam? Einstein states that he wrestled with this problem
over a lengthy period of time, to the point of despair."
http://www.aip.org/history/exhibits/einstein/essay-einstein-relativity.htm
The nonsense proved highly malignant - it gradually permeated the whole of physics and killed this branch of science in the end (converted it into an insane ideology):
"He opened by explaining how Einstein's theory of relativity is the foundation of every other theory in modern physics and that the assumption that the speed of light is constant is the foundation of that theory. Thus a constant speed of light is
embedded in all of modern physics and to propose a varying speed of light (VSL) is worse than swearing! It is like proposing a language without vowels."
http://www.thegreatdebate.org.uk/VSLRevPrnt.html
Theoretical physicists know that the speed of light is variable (as predicted by Newton) but teach that the constant speed of light is a "cosmic conspiracy of the highest order" - the whole universe shifts around it:
Michelle Thaller: "All of the universe shifts around this constant, the speed of light."
https://youtube.com/watch?v=DO7J2YIz8tY
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, pp. 123-124: "If everyone, everywhere and at all times, is to measure the same speed for the beam from your imaginary spacecraft, a number of things have to happen. First of all, as
the speed of your spacecraft increases, the length of everything - you, your measuring devices, your spacecraft - shortens in the direction of motion, as seen by everyone else. Furthermore, your own time slows down exactly enough so that when you haul
out your newly shortened yardstick, you are guaranteed to be duped into measuring the same old constant value for the speed of light. What we have here is a COSMIC CONSPIRACY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER."
https://www.amazon.com/Death-Black-Hole-Cosmic-
Quandaries/dp/039335038X
Brian Greene: "If space and time did not behave this way, the speed of light would not be constant and would depend on the observer's state of motion. But it is constant; space and time do behave this way. Space and time adjust themselves in an exactly
compensating manner so that observations of light's speed yield the same result, regardless of the observer's velocity."
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/special-relativity-nutshell.html
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