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Old 03-08-2006, 12:15 PM
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Yeah, pretty much. Exactly what happens isn't intuitively obvious, I don't think. There's also a lot of effects in play, so you can get into a whole string of, "what happens?" "Well, this does." "But ignoring that, what happens?" "Well, this does." "But ignoring that, what happens?"

I think it's sort of an interesting exploration of forces and motions, examining them by pushing the thought experiment to its boundaries. I imagine most other people think of it as a tiresome exercise in semantics, but my enthusiasm is undampened.