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I was reading Schutz relativity when I came across the barn-pole paradox. I have seen many videos and explanations on the internet including Minkowski diagrams but I don't seem to understand it enough to explain it to someone else.


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    $\begingroup$ My favorite resource for understanding Minkowski diagrams is Takeuchi's An Illustrated Guide to Relativity. It is inexpensive, short, and fairly easy to read. It's one big weakness is the diagrams are not color-blind friendly, something I didn't notice until I had a deuteranomolous student in a class where I was using it. I emailed the author about it, but he never got back to me. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Feb 2 at 18:09
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    $\begingroup$ A simple search on this site yields the possible duplicate The pole and the barn paradox (stretching the pole) $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Feb 2 at 18:56
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    $\begingroup$ Also see physics.stackexchange.com/q/308505 $\endgroup$ – PM 2Ring Feb 2 at 19:20