Length contraction

1889 Length contraction

The book of science

Tom Sharp

George Francis FitzGerald electromagnetism

Length contraction

Speed of light

Happens to be

FitzGerald, Henri Poincaré, and Hendrik Lorentz believed in length contraction without knowing anything about relativity or why length contraction happens. They proposed it to explain why attempts to measure the effects of aether failed without giving up on the idea that aether exists. This goes to show you can be right even though you are wrong.

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