Michelson and Morley’s aether experiment 

 

130 years ago Michelson and Morley proved that the luminiferous aether does not exist. They set up a precise experiment that should confirm that light had an aether medium in which it propagated. To everyone’s great surprise the experiment failed repeatedly. Later this negative result has been confirmed to almost certainty by various extremely accurate experiments. This finding led physicists to develop theories under the assumption that there was no aether. Over the following years we saw the development of various theories in physics, relativity and quantum mechanics. All these theories worked very well without the need for an aether. Or so it seemed. The problem was, and still is, that physicists never found a theory that could fill the gap between relativity and quantum mechanics.

 

Our view is that Michelson and Morley only proved that a certain type of massless aether does not exist. Certainly there is no “aether drag”. The correct conclusion about discarding the type of aether they were testing for, was generalized to cover all types of aether. This happened 40 years before the uncertainty principle was discovered, while the understanding of the atomic world was largely lacking, and the subatomic world was hardly understood at all. No one can blame the physicists of that time for not seeing the dynamics of an aether below the domain of sub-atomic physics and the uncertainty principle. During this period came Einstein, and said that if there were any aether, it had little significance and no properties to worry about. The erroneous generalisation of the Michelson & Morley results and the great success of Einstein and others who all denounced the aether, served as an intimidating background that has kept physicists away from finding out what the aether really consists of. 

 

 

 

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Forces by Proxy

 

Michelson & Morley’s aether experiment

 

Properties of the aether

 

Gravity

 

Particles

 

The Electromagnetic Force

 

The Strong Force

 

Quantum Mechanics and the Uncertainty Principle

 

General Relativity

 

Special Relativity

 

Scientific Method

 

Some support for the aether 

 

 

 

 

Authors  

Jørgen Karlsen 

Einar Nyberg Karlsen

 

Editor  

PrinciplePhysics.com 

Jorgen Karlsen 

Høvik, Norway 

karlsen.jorgen@gmail.com  

 

Illustrations: 

Tormod Førre 

 

Acknowledgements: 

Trond Erik Hillestad 

Dr. Ian Ashmore 

Prof. Kaare Olaussen 

 

 

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