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Michelson-Morley Experiment and The Second Postulate of STR

Noninski, Vesselin (2003) Michelson-Morley Experiment and The Second Postulate of STR. [Preprint]

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    This note discusses the fact that the Second Postulate in the Special Theory of Relativity (STR) is an absolute statement which implicitly acknowledges, despite the claim in [3] to the contrary, the existence of what was known as "ether". The stated absolute property of light to have a "definite velocity c independent of the emitting body" implicitly requires, especially from the point of view of the stationary observer, propagation of light to occur in an ubiquitous absolute medium external to any system (ether). If the outcome of the Michelson-Morley experiment is null, as is widely accepted, then it is an experiment rejecting the Second Postulate, respectively, disproving STR.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Michelson-Morley, ether, Lorentz Contraction, Special theory of Relativity (STR), Second Postulate, simultaneity
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Vesselin Noninski
    Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1110
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1110

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