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Introduction to the theory



Introduction to the theory

When you are inter­ested in physics you must read “Unbe­liev­able”!

In and before the 19th cen­tury sci­en­tists have been try­ing to explain the prop­a­ga­tion of elec­tro­mag­netic waves through space. The rel­a­tiv­ity the­ory was not yet known, so the thought that there might be no medium was not cur­rent by then.

We all know that air is the medium in which sound is trans­ported. It was assumed that light was trans­ported in a sim­i­lar way by an unknown medium. They pre­sumed a medium for the trans­port of light and called it “ether”. The ether was pre­sumed to be present in vac­uum. The ether should there­fore have the phys­i­cal prop­er­ties of vac­uum. The enor­mous speed of light, almost 300,000 km per sec­ond in vac­uum, is one property.

Sci­ence had to deter­mine the pres­ence of ether. The prob­lem that raised, in prov­ing the exis­tence of ether, was the enor­mous speed of light. The speed of sound, at approx. 1200 km per hour is already high and yet it is only 1 mil­lionth of the speed of light.

The­o­ret­i­cally there are two pos­si­ble ethers: ether that can be influ­enced by for exam­ple mass, and ether that can not be influ­enced, which there­fore is at absolute rest. In 1727 Bradley observed the stel­lar aber­ra­tion of the star y-​Draconis. Sci­ence con­cluded unjustly that it was not pos­si­ble that stel­lar aber­ra­tion occurred in con­junc­tion with dragged ether. In 1887 the famous mea­sure­ments of Michel­son and Mor­ley proved the absence of the absolute ether.

The obser­va­tions of the speed of light con­firmed again and again that the speed of light is inde­pen­dent of the move­ment of the source. When a medium, in which light always trav­els with the same speed, does not exist, then the Spe­cial Rel­a­tiv­ity The­ory is absolute.

This is unde­ni­able only if ether does not exist.

Next chap­ter: The denial of dragged ether

When you are interested in physics you must read “Unbelievable“!

In and before the 19th century scientists have been trying to explain the propagation of electromagnetic waves through space. The relativity theory was not yet known, so the thought that there might be no medium was not current by then.

We all know that air is the medium in which sound is transported. It was assumed that light was transported in a similar way by an unknown medium. They presumed a medium for the transport of light and called it “ether”. The ether was presumed to be present in vacuum. The ether should therefore have the physical properties of vacuum. The enormous speed of light, almost 300,000 km per second in vacuum, is one property.

Science had to determine the presence of ether. The problem that raised, in proving the existence of ether, was the enormous speed of light. The speed of sound, at approx. 1200 km per hour is already high and yet it is only 1 millionth of the speed of light.

Theoretically there are two possible ethers: ether that can be influenced by for example mass, and ether that can not be influenced, which therefore is at absolute rest. In 1727 Bradley observed the stellar aberration of the star y-Draconis.  Science concluded unjustly that it was not possible that stellar aberration occurred in conjunction with dragged ether. In 1887 the famous measurements of Michelson and Morley proved the absence of the absolute ether.

The observations of the speed of light confirmed again and again that the speed of light is independent of the movement of the source. When a medium, in which light always travels with the same speed, does not exist, then the Special Relativity Theory is absolute.

This is undeniable only if ether does not exist.

Next chapter: The denial of dragged ether

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