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Dispute Resolution Notice Board Requested[edit]

This simply serves to notify you that your user name was included in a request for dispute resolution regarding the speed of light article.. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MMmpds (talkcontribs) 21:24, 24 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My comment, item closed. - DVdm (talk) 14:34, 28 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

October 2022[edit]

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@VQuakr: Before I gave that warning, I had carefully reviewed all the editor's other edits, some dating back to 2020. Apart from bad grammar, most edits seem to add something to try to emphasise the role of other contributors beside Einstein to the subject of relativity. So I sensed biased editing and decided to undo the edit. Warning mode was triggered when my suspicion was confirmed by the edit summary of their revert: "In wikipedia documents about theory of relativity, "Einstein published in blabla" is stated although this fact is already famous enough and well stated in history. So, there is no problem state it here. I guess that some people reluctant to mention other scholar's achievements and want to make Einestein a super hero." Perhaps I should have added something about biased editing as well. - DVdm (talk) 08:55, 6 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
But you get that this isn't better, right? most edits seem to add something to try to emphasise the role of other contributors beside Einstein to the subject of relativity isn't a particularly problematic editing pattern; the fact is Einstein is a little over-hyped in popular media about physics. They aren't under any editing restrictions, and in this particle case there were adding material that absolutely belonged in the lead to an article that was missing its lead (Einstein should be mentioned in the lead, too). Can you reply on the article talk page so we can move this along?
Yes, I gave them some non-template coaching about musing about other editors' motivations. VQuakr (talk) 15:58, 6 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Mass-energy equivalence[edit]

Hi DVdm. You are one of the principal contributors to our article Mass-energy equivalence so it would be great if you could take a look at this edit.

And if you could find time to contribute your thoughts at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Physics#Inconsistencies related to mechanical energy it would be much appreciated. Thanks. Dolphin (t) 12:08, 29 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Dolphin: I never really contributed much to that article, that is, apart from regularly doing quick anti-vandalism/spam/badgrammar/origresearch on it. I don't really have the time to look into this now. The topîc on the physics project will surely help sorting it out Face-smile.svg. Cheers - DVdm (talk) 12:52, 29 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vaeiable Speed Of Light Disagreement well documented[edit]

Thank you for comments about my additions to the page Variable Speed if light.

I did in fact reference passages in six books that are well known and written by famous people. All of my additions except one support the view of Einstein, Born, and Tolman, referred to in other parts of the page. The disagreement of Peter Bergmann is well documented in his book The riddle of Gravitation, in which he argued for several pages against the Einstein view.

The disagreement is important because the Bergmann view is taught in college and the Einstein view is seldom mention, although it is well documented in the six books I referenced.

Thanks again for your reply. As always you are welcome to change my addition to the page Variable speed of light. Astrojed (talk) 20:53, 30 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I hadn't noticed this. Anyway, I have undone ([1]) your edit about setting ds to zero again. Not in the sources. Please stop adding wp:original research to articles. Thanks. - DVdm (talk) 16:46, 31 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deleting VLS Entries You Objected To[edit]

My policy is to respect the opinions of others. I deleted my recent additions to VLS page although I believe my short entries derived from references to 7 famous books were appropriate and well enough written. I did not write my opinions or take sides in the arguments that have continued more than 50 years. Astrojed (talk) 21:59, 31 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Astrojed: Thanks for this and happy 2023! - DVdm (talk) 00:09, 1 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Happy New Year, DVdm![edit]

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The reason for removing the edit on the Wave-Particle Duality?[edit]

Hi DVdm, I am trying to update the new development on the Wave-Particle duality. Is there a reason why the edit was removed?

Thanks, Hong Hongdusocal (talk) 19:00, 9 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Hongdusocal: yes, hi there. As I explained in the edit summary of my revert, I removed your edit per lack of notability. See wp:primary source and wp:recentism. When this publication is sufficiently mentioned in the relevant literature, and thus in wp:secondary sources, it might be sufficiently notable for Wikipedia. See also wp:NOT. Hope this helps. - DVdm (talk) 20:06, 9 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Time dilation[edit]

I do want to have some mention of the psychological sense on the time dilation page because people do use the phrase time dilation in that sense. Maybe the {{see also}} template wasnt the best choice, but I couldnt think of anything else. Would you be okay with some other type of hatnote, saying something like "for the term used in psychology, see time perception"? Thanks, Soap 23:15, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Soap: Hi there, something that suggests that the term should not be confused, would be okay, as it is done in the article Relativism: So, how about indeed: or, even better: And of course, the other way around in article Time perception, perhaps:
Afaiac, go ahead. Cheers! - DVdm (talk) 10:12, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Van Cittert-Zernike[edit]

Literature does NOT decide how to write Dutch names, mister. Dutch language does!!! But yes, it's a fact that you English have NO TALENT at all for foreign languages. And it seems (looking at your own actions) you are too stubborn to learn anything in this respect. So poor. Weaky3 (talk) 16:39, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Weaky3: As an encyplopedia, Wikipedia follows the literature, by design. And I'm not English: my primary language is Dutch. I'm also fluent in French, English and German, and, thanks to my classic education, I can fluently read Italian and modern Greek newspapers whithout a dictionary. By the way, always assume good faith from your fellow editors. Personal attacks are not tolerated here. Cheers. - DVdm (talk) 17:08, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

On the edit on Michelson Morley experiment[edit]

This is the source you asked:

As you can see in the first line,Or even in the title, the experiment was on finding the velocity of earth. They assumed the existence of aether to be a fact.

While the experiment have disproved the existence of aether, it was not their intention. In fact Michelson Morley was a failed experiment. They didn't get what they were looking for.

~~~~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sophile249 (talkcontribs) 06:38, 19 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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@Sophile249: According to the literature, the primary aim was to prove the existence of the ether, by measuring the velocity of the earth through it. We must follow the literature.
Also, take a look at wp:BRD: when a Bold edit is Reverted, and you disagree, start a Discussion, preferably on the talk page of the page that your were editing. Reverting again as you did here is considered wp:edit warring and is not allowed. Cheers. - DVdm (talk) 09:57, 19 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Apologies. I thought that you may not see my comment, that is why I reverted again.
Sophile249 (talk) 14:00, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


there is an article on gravity in the antiquity section which describes In India, the mathematician-astronomer Aryabhata first identified gravity to explain why objects are not driven away from the Earth by the centrifugal force of the planet's rotation but i can't find any sources depicting about his claim please remove it Ppppphgtygd (talk) 05:46, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Ppppphgtygd: I have added a source, albeit a self-published one: [2]. - DVdm (talk) 12:02, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Is that source reliable I mean it is given as self published and secondly we need to see whether aryabhatta talk about gravity in his book Aryabhatiya.I didn't find any source about him talking about gravity in Aryabhatiya. Ppppphgtygd (talk) 12:39, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ppppphgtygd: I think the source looks reasonably reliable (—see [3]—), but, as you can see, I did tag the reference with a {{Self-published inline}} template anyway. This invites other contributors to find a better source. - DVdm (talk) 15:10, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok Ppppphgtygd (talk) 15:44, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have rejected that content outright as disputed and not well supported, based on higher quality sources that contradict or cast doubt on it. Other strong claims of discovery/contribution in that section of the source are also easily rebutted (example: our Aryabhata article has multiple sources that heliocentrism is at best uncertain but more likely not true). For whatever reason, Indian educational materials tend to over-claim Indian contributions in history. DMacks (talk) 08:46, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@DMacks and Ppppphgtygd: Yep, probably a good call, thanks. I had a closer look at the book. On page 6 it says: It will become immediately obvious that the genius of ancient Bharata indeed forms the basis of world civilization, in contrast to the idea that 'miracles' in Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt etc. influenced India somehow and anyhow from somewhere and anywhere. No wonder I failed to find a proper secondary source in a non-self-published source. Cheers. - DVdm (talk) 10:10, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
good, nowadays a lot of articles are been vandalised by a lot of people in Wiki thanks for removing it Ppppphgtygd (talk) 10:14, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

When to use TeX/inline math?[edit]

As a new wikipedian I am struggling to understand where and where not to use <math> within articles. Is changing an inline equation into TeX generally frowned upon if it doesn't otherwise improve the quality of a given article? DekuNut64 (talk) 18:28, 10 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@DekuNut64: See MOS:FORMULA and the second section of Help:Displaying a formula, and, in general, MOS:MATH. One of the basic style related rules here is MOS:STYLERET and MOS:RETAIN, which says that when different styles are possible, changing one style into another is not a good idea. Also note that consistency within an article is important, so it can be a good idea to make style related changes to improve consistency — within a single article, not within the entire Wikipedia.
There's a lot to learn here. Best is to read parts of some of the guideline articles, and to have a look at the edit histories of math related articles. Then gradually go ahead, making changes. Don't worry if someone reverts your changes. When that happens, inquire, ask or discuss, don't re-revert — see wp:BRD. It's all part of a learning process Face-smile.svg. Enjoy! - DVdm (talk) 23:23, 10 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Irrational numbers[edit]

OK, there are, unfortunately, many books that attribute the concept of "irrational number" to the Pythagoreans, as I have known only too well since the 1960s, and such is Wikipedia's concept of a "reliable source" that you can use those to justify your change to the article. So be it. However, nobody who has actually studied and understood the relevant literature can believe that "number" is a reasonable description of the concept which they introduced. On the contrary: it was the cause of their moving away from using number as the defining concept in mathematics, and shifting to a view which considered geometrical magnitudes themselves as fundamental, rather than numerical measures of those magnitudes. JBW (talk) 13:13, 13 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@JBW: Yes indeed, but note that the artlce says: "The discovery of irrational numbers, including the particular case of the square root of 2, is widely associated with the Pythagorean school". I mirrored that in my edit summary, "The Greeks found a number that cannot be written as a ratio of integers, which we call an irrational number." I could have been (but had decided not to be) even more precise and careful, saying "The Greeks found something..." Face-smile.svg
But I decided to check the literature and get some some sources either way, and it looked like a great majority in the literature agrees that indeed they discovered the rational numbers.
And indeed I think we can easily argue that they did discover them, without actually calling them numbers. Cheers! - DVdm (talk) 15:10, 13 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Relativistic Doppler effect[edit]

Thank you for pointing out the guidelines. I was not aware of wp:CALC, and you are absolutely right that I cannot include the derivation. It has never been my intention to break or bend the rules. The Wikipedia guidelines wp:OR state that the information should be from ”reliable, published sources that are directly related to the topic”. Therefore, I would argue that the references are not limited to textbook examples only. Would it help if I provide an additional credible article? Aside from Einstein’s article I can provide other peer reviewed papers that confirms that the amplitude transforms as . I personally think the information is relevant to the article, and that it should at least be mentioned, if the guidelines allow it. What is your opinion? MadsVS (talk) 08:57, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@MadsVS: Hi, if the peer reviewed papers are not just wp:primary sources, and thus are referred to elsewhere in wp:secondary sources, the latter can be used as a valid reference. You see, the idea is that the secondary sources demonstrate that the content is actually notable. Hope this helps. - DVdm (talk) 10:03, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Your guidance is very helpfull. I will give it another shot, so let me know if you see any problems. Thank you. MadsVS (talk) 13:31, 18 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Precious anniversary[edit]

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Five years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:26, 11 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]