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On the role of the Michelson-Morley experiment: Einstein in Chicago

van Dongen, Jeroen (2009) On the role of the Michelson-Morley experiment: Einstein in Chicago. [Preprint]


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This article discusses new material, published in Volume 12 of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, that addresses Einstein’s knowledge of the Michelson-Morley experiment prior to 1905: in a lecture in Chicago in 1921, Einstein referred to the experiment, mentioned when he came upon it, and hinted at its influence. Arguments are presented to explain the contrast with Einstein’s later pronouncements on the role of the experiment.

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Item Type: Preprint
van Dongen, Jeroen
Additional Information: Archive for History of Exact Sciences, in press.
Keywords: Einstein, relativity, Michelson-Morley experiment
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: Jeroen van Dongen
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4778

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