Saturday, 14 August 2010

Luminiferous Aether

Michelson–Morley Experiment (Wikipedia)
* "The Michelson–Morley experiment was performed in 1887 by Albert Michelson and Edward Morley at what is now Case Western Reserve University. Its results are generally considered to be the first strong evidence against the theory of a luminiferous aether. The experiment has also been referred to as "the moving-off point for the theoretical aspects of the Second Scientific Revolution"."

Michelson–Morley Experiment (Science Blogs)
* "What: The famous Michelson-Morley experiment, which tried and failed to detect the motion of the Earth through the "luminiferous aether." At the time, light waves were believed to be disturbances in some medium that permeated all of space, and was fixed in an absolute sense. In this picture, objects moving through space should also be moving relative to the aether, which should cause an apparent change in the speed of light along the direction of motion."

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