I was reading Einstein's book on Relativity. What is the contradiction between the principle of relativity(in the restricted sense) and the law of the transmission of light in vacuum that Einstein is talking about? I am unable to understand it. Any help is appreciated.
I'm not sure I get your question right, but from what I understand, I think it is about the speed of light. You see, if I stay on a train and I launch a ball in the direction the train is moving, the ball speed will be the sum of it's speed relative to me + the speed that the train is traveling. If I point a laser from the train, (suppose we are in vacuum and I die trying to do this) the "speed" of the light coming from laser is not the sum of the light + the speed of the train. Light, wherever you stay has the same speed. You can even "ride" stay on a beam of light and all light will pass you with the speed of light, or you can stay still and you will measure same speed for light. It sounds like sci.fi. but this is how world works.