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How Nature Makes Relativity
In an article published by Einstein in 1909, H. Ziegler discussed how relativity phenomena would happen if the most elemental constituent of all physical reality always moved at the invariant speed of light. At the turn of the century, Lorentz had published his version of a relativity theory that included the arithmetic that Einstein would later use in his own version. The Lorentz version supported H. Ziegler's notion and was probably the source of Ziegler's idea.
Most of today's doctorates in physics have not yet abandoned Quantum Mechanics but they realize that there is a natural explanation for relativity phenomena. They show that flat space-time in the classic sense provides relativity phenomena in a universe made of light. In Maxwell's time most physicists suspected that "the final irreducible constituent of all physical reality was the electromagnetic field."
We can not add much to the notion of Doctor Giese except to add that his notion works quite well without Quantum Theory. In Quantum Theory, most of matter is comprised of electromagnetic phenomena. But all of matter, not just part of it, must be electromagnetic. Otherwise the arithmetic does not work to produce relativity phenomena.
The most obvious thing that moves at the invariable speed of light is light itself. We should immediately suspect that all of nature is made of light. But there are obstacles. The forces of nature seem very different. There are the strong force, the weak force, gravity, and the electromagnetic force. Recent studies show that a universe that consists solely of light can provide all those forces.