I'm not arrogant enough to change wikipedia myself, but I suspect there is an error in a page on the speed of light. Specifically http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_..._and_the_Michelson.E2.80.93Morley_experiment".(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The section states:

"The null result also led Lorentz to propose that motion through the aether contracts the Michelson interferometer due to Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction,[64] and later to propose his Lorentz transformations which formed the mathematical basis of Einstein's special theory of relativity."

My recollection is that Lorentz transformations are derived from electromagnetic considerations and are a consequence of the Maxwell equations, and that Lorentz himself did not recognise the potential application of his equations to the Michelson Morley null result until later, after the development of the Lorentz transformations in 1899, ie around 1904. (Even when he did realise the application, it was to explain how luminiferous aether could still exist but not be noticed by Michelson and Morley - a year before Einstein published the theory which effectively demolished the aether altogether.)

Is this an error? If so, is it worth correcting or is it close enough to the facts to leave in place?

cheers,

neopolitan

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Potential to rectify an error in wikipedia

Loading...

Similar Threads for Potential rectify error |
---|

I A minus sign in the gravitational potential |

B Mass–energy equivalence: matter as potential energy? |

I Tensor derivates of EM four-potential |

I Mass of potential energy in GR |

A Pressure and Newtonian potential energy |

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**