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Albert A. Michelson

Albert A. Michelson (1851 - 1931) received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1907 for his optical precision instruments and the research he carried out in the fields of precision metrology and ...

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Why Was Michelson Surprised?

Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism, first published in 1865, suggests that light propagates as a wave with a fixed characteristic speed.

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Michelson-Morley Experiment

Good overview of this important 1887 experiment, considered to be the first strong evidence against the theory of a luminiferous aether

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Michelson- Morley Experiment

A review of the experiment which disproved the existence of the ether. This page opens at an apparatus diagram but the History section is probably a better place to start.

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The most famous failed science experiment

In 1887, two scientists, Albert Michelson and Edward Morley tried to prove that an ether existed around us and set out to measure how the speed of light changed with the Earth’s motion. What they ...

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