Special relativity

1905

Special relativity

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Tom Sharp

Albert Einstein physics

Special relativity

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In his 1905 paper, “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies,” Albert Einstein dealt with Michelson and Morley’s observation that no shift in the speed of light could be detected in any direction, even relative to the direction of earth’s rotation or orbit.

This was the third of four papers that Einstein published in 1905. The first helped begin quantum theory, “On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light.” The second discussed Brownian motion and explained atomic theory, “On the Motion of Small Particles Suspended in a Stationary Liquid, as Required by the Molecular Kinetic Theory of Heat.” The fourth established the equivalence of matter and energy, E = mc2, “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”

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