Einstein postulated that the speed of light in free space is the same for all observers, regardless of their motion relative to the light source, where we may think of an observer as an imaginary entity with a sophisticated set of measurement devices, at rest with respect to itself, that perfectly records the positions and times of all events in space and time.
It is really exciting to understand Einsteins thoughts. I have a doubt with respect Einsteins above postulate,
- Is there any significance in saying an observer as an imaginary entity? I thought light could be called as some thing imaginary, rather than calling observer as an imaginary entity.
- What does it mean one being at rest with respect to one self? I think it mean that, observer is not under motion due to its own virtue, but the observer may be under motion, if considered inside a moving frame of reference. I don't know whether I am right with respect to this, if I have misunderstood, please explain.
- Why is speed of light considered same for all observers (imaginary entity which is at rest with respect to itself) regardless of their motion relative to the light source? I thought, if we consider observer inside a moving frame of reference, speed of light should be different for the observer, due to relative motion with respect to light.