Foundations of Physics

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 47–56 | Cite as

Two studies concerning the Michelson-Morley experiment

  • Håkan Törnebohm


In the first of these two studies it is argued that the discrepancy between the predicted and actual outcome of the Michelson-Morley experiment is due to the use of Newton's velocity addition theorem in conjunction with an electromagnetic theory of light. The ether hypothesis is not directly affected at all. The second study is a case study of the removal of a clash in physics generated from the outcome of an experiment. The clash due to the Michelson-Morley experiment gave rise to a program of revision. In the process of implementation of this program Newtonian mechanics was remolded. It is argued that the Riemannian space-time in Einstein's general theory of relativity may be regarded as a successor of the classical ether.


Ether General Theory Actual Outcome Newtonian Mechanic Electromagnetic Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Håkan Törnebohm
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  1. 1.Institute for the Theory of ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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