Michelson-Morley experiment

1887

Michelson-Morley
experiment

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Albert A. Michelson, Edward W. Morley physics

Michelson-Morley experiment

Luminiferous aether

The experiment

Michelson and Morley thought they couldn’t measure the flow of aether because it was dragged along by the earth as it moved through space. It wasn’t until Albert Einstein published his Special Theory of Relativity that the irrelevance of the aether theory became clear.

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