Ritz, MMX, ballistic theory of light, De Sitter, Fox, re-emission of light, Barr effect, Gutnik and Freundlich, radar measurements of Venus, Pioneer spacecraft, synchrotron radiation, Kuhn,
Translated to English with Google Translate by Thomas E. Miles
The special theory of relativity (SRT) arose and became firmly established at the beginning of the XX century, in a period that can be called a time of troubles of world shocks, wars, revolutions. People, having lost all reference points, were no longer following the one who was right, but the one who made the loudest noise. And even scientists lost their inherent critical thinking, easily accepting newfangled groundless ideas on faith, as if their "noise filters" had completely failed. Suffice it to recall the history of the discovery of N-rays by Professor R. Blondlot in 1903 and hundreds of publications in scientific journals confirming the reality of these rays, which turned out to be fiction. Or the wide spread at that time of mysticism, occultism and spiritualism, the hobbies of which even such serious scientists as our chemist A.M. Butlerov. This is the atmosphere in which the theory of relativity "condensed" and took root, at first it found wide recognition also among mystics and religious leaders, and then among scientists. This is especially striking now. After all, the theory of relativity not only contradicted common sense, but also had no experimental confirmation.