The origins of length contraction: I. The FitzGerald-Lorentz deformation

@inproceedings{Brown2001TheOO,
  title={The origins of length contraction: I. The FitzGerald-Lorentz deformation},
  author={H. Brown},
  year={2001}
}
  • H. Brown
  • Published 2001
  • Physics, Mathematics
  • One of the widespread confusions concerning the history of the 1887 Michelson-Morley experiment has to do with the initial explanation of this celebrated null result due independently to FitzGerald and Lorentz. In neither case was a strict, longitudinal length contraction hypothesis invoked, as is commonly supposed. Lorentz postulated, particularly in 1895, any one of a certain family of possible deformation effects for rigid bodies in motion, including purely transverse alteration, and… CONTINUE READING
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