Podcaster: David Schultz
Title: The Michelson-Morley Experiment and the Road to Einstein.
Organization: Hamline University
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Scientific knowledge is often the product of experiment. Yet some experiments fail. The 1887 Michelson-Morley experiment testing the speed of light is perhaps one of the greatest failures in the history of science and astronomy. Yet its failure laid the groundwork for Albert Einstein who eventually developed his special theory of relativity and the formulation of the most famous equation in the world– e=mc2. This podcast describes the Michelson-Morley experiment and why it was so important to astronomy.
Bio: David Schultz is a Hamline University Professor in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 35 books including Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern Astronomy.
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