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A Solution to a Century Old Riddle


Maximo, Roald




Relativity Theory



Date Published:

February 3, 2013






Since 1887, by occasion of the famous experiment conducted by Albert Michelson and Edward Morley in order to verify the existence of an all pervasive light propagation medium constituting a universal fixed reference system against which we could measure the absolute speed of any moving object, the negative result of that experiment has produced a fuss in scientific circles, each member trying he's own explanation for the unexpected result. Since then, many experiments, using more refined and precise methods, followed such as by Trouton and Noble and Rayleigh and Brace among many others. Several explanations have emerged, some more some less extravagant. Among those explanations, the one that still keeps being accepted, certainly with a lot of reluctance by many, is the contraction of material bodies in the direction of movement originally proposed by physicists George Fitzgerald and Hendrik Lorentz. However, all the explanations so far have been unsatisfactory and the puzzle stood unabashed to this days. I must confess that I, too, made some frustrated forays in that field just to realize, later, how naive my attempts have been and that I should not have published that twaddle. I'm not alone! But the failure had the magic power of strengthening my drive in pursuing an answer to the riddle and, since there ought to be a physical reason hidden somewhere, I decided to do a meticulous attempt to dig it out. More so, certainly, to redeem myself of my previous blunders.

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