How Luminiferous Aether Led to Relativity

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As the 19th century came to a close, physicists were feeling pretty satisfied with the state of their science. The great edifice of physical theory seemed complete. A few minor experiments remained to verify everything. Little did those physicists know that one of those experiments would bring the entire structure crashing down paving the way for the physics revolution of the 20th century.

Hosted by Matt O’Dowd
Written by Sarah Wells & Matt O’Dowd
Graphics by Leonardo Scholzer, Yago Ballarini, & Pedro Osinski
Directed by: Andrew Kornhaber
Camera Operator: Bahaar Gholipour
Executive Producers: Eric Brown & Andrew Kornhaber

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A Special Note from writer Sarah Wells:

Sarah Wells would like to dedicate the writing and inspiration for this episode to Louis Colonna-Romano, a Clark University physics instructor who told the story of Albert Michelson’s fantastic "failure" to generations of physics freshmen. Lou’s kind mentorship and infectious enthusiasm for physics inspired every student who came into his office, including this video’s writer.

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