Foundations of Physics

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 265–284 | Cite as

Misconceptions in recent papers on special relativity and absolute space theories

  • D. G. Torr
  • P. Kolen


Several recent papers which purport to substantiate or negate arguments in favor of certain theories of absolute space have been based on fallacious principles. In this paper we discuss three related instances, indicating where misconceptions have arisen. We establish, contrary to popular belief, that the classical Lorentz ether theory accounts for all the experimental evidence which supports the special theory of relativity. We demonstrate that the ether theory predicts the null results obtained from pulsar timing and Mössbauer experiments. We conclude that a measurement of the one-way velocity of light has physical meaning within the context of the Lorentz theory, and argue that an adequately designed experiment to measure the one-way velocity of light should be attempted.


Ether Experimental Evidence Physical Meaning Special Relativity Space Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. G. Torr
    • 1
  • P. Kolen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUtah State UniversityLogan

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