November 4, 2020
Many physicists consider Voigt to be the true inventor of relativity theory, although it is known that Voigt had investigated the propagation of waves in a medium, whereas special relativity theory assumes an empty space. Thus, it is clear that the two theories are not compatible. The reason why special relativity was considered at all is, that most physicists did not understand, how the derivation of the formulas of special relativity came about. At the same time, it seemed that the experiments agreed with the theory. Shortly after, two groups of physicists were formed, one pro the other against special relativity, and eventually the more aggressive group which at the same time was in control of the scientific press in Germany "won" at first. This did not end the discussion, because the special relativity contains several insurmountable contradictions, especially because of the symmetry of the Lorentz transformation. The Voigt's work of 1887 served Einstein as a template for his theory, which Einstein actually never admitted, but since the same errors are found in his work, this is quite obvious.
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