I have read that if Galileo had included rotational symmetries in his original relativity theorems then a constant turns up in the mathematics. It is the same constant that Einstein concluded was the velocity of light, but has nothing directly to do with light, it just happens that light travels at that same speed. The constant is gained purely from symmetry considerations.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Here is the paper with the mathematics from Mitchell Feigenbaum (of chaos theory fame):

http://arxiv.org/abs/0806.1234

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# Could Galileo have discovered Sepcial Relativity?

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