The Michelson-Morley-Miller Experiments before and after 1905

  title={The Michelson-Morley-Miller Experiments before and after 1905},
  author={Loyd S. Swenson},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={56 - 78}
  • L. Swenson
  • Published 1 February 1970
  • Physics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
Special relativity theory is often asserted to have grown out of the difficulties of interpreting the “negative” results of the Michelson-Morley aether-drift experi­ ment of 1887. This assertion is more than half true as a generalization about the sociology of physics and more than half false in the individual case of Albert Einstein’s famous paper of 1905, “On the electrodynamics of moving bodies” .2 The overlap of truth and falsity in most accounts of the origins of relativity theory may be… 
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