March 27, 2013
All experiments carried out during the last century, by various methods, trying to detect an ether wind resulted null or inconsistent. The best explanation found at the time to cope with the null results was given by physicists George Fitzgerald and Hendrik Lorentz who have attributed the result to a hypothetical contraction of all material bodies in the direction of their movement. And that has been the view point up to now. People need to understand that not always the word of authority is the best counselor. If the opinion issued seems weird, we should accept it with reserve but continue looking for a better explanation more appropriate for the context. Richard Feynman once said "Science is the organized skepticism in the reliability of expert's opinion". Often, when an opinion is issued, there still does not exist an ample knowledge about the subject in question and the opinion emitted is just the best possible given the knowledge base at the time. Academics often feel inhibited and discouraged to challenge the opinions of respected authorities and miss-interpretations keep propagating from generations to generations and end up being accepted as the final truth. Nobody argues about it anymore and any further knowledge that, in some way, derives from the flawed one will, necessarily, be flawed too.