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

  1. Apr 16, 2014 #1
    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?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Apr 16, 2014 #2

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    This should be posted in the Special & General Relativity forum.
     
  4. Apr 16, 2014 #3
    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?
     
  5. Apr 18, 2014 #4
    Can a moderator move this to the Relativity sub-forum, please?
    Maybe it will get a response there.
     
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