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Michelson-Gale-Pearson Refutation of Stokes-Planck - Help

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Apr16-14, 08:51 AM
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I'm hoping for some help in understanding how the Michelson-Gale-Pearson experiment in 1925 is held as a refutation of the Stokes-Planck theory of gravitational aether drag.

If I understand the Stokes-Planck theory correctly, complete dragging of the aether near a sufficiently massive body (diminishing at distance, in accordance to the inverse square law as it applies to gravitational force) would be essentially indistinguishable from a complete dragging model. Wouldn't it also be indistinguishable from a non-aetheric model?
Didn't Michelson-Gale-Pearson support that?

What am I missing?

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This should be posted in the Special & General Relativity forum.
Apr16-14, 12:19 PM
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I wasn't sure, because the Stokes-Planck theory was a classical interpretation that pre-dated Relativity - and, if it were accepted, would have stood in opposition to Relativity.

Can I move it, or does a moderator have to?

Apr18-14, 12:02 PM
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Michelson-Gale-Pearson Refutation of Stokes-Planck - Help

Can a moderator move this to the Relativity sub-forum, please?
Maybe it will get a response there.

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