History and Philosophy of Physics


The Einstein - Lorentz Dispute Revisited

Authors: Roger Ellman

Lorentz [of the Lorentz transforms and Lorentz contractions fame] contended against Einstein that there had to be a medium in which electro-magnetic waves exist and propagate, which medium would of necessity be an absolute frame of reference for the universe. Einstein won the dispute, but not by solid reasoning. Now solid reasoning and new data not available to Einstein and Lorentz show that Lorentz was correct and that Einstein's Theory of Relativity should correctly be termed Einstein's Principle of Invariance.

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[v1] 25 Feb 2007

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