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LORENTZ, Hendrik Antoon.
Versuch einer Theorie der electrischen und optischen Erscheinungen in bewegten Körpern.
Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1895. First edition. First edition, in the original printed wrappers, and very rare thus, of Lorentz's major work on the electrodynamics of moving bodies "which soon became a classic" (Schaffner, p. 503). It was in this work that he introduced the concept of 'local time', a "major discovery" (Hoffmann, p. 86), and the 'length contraction hypothesis', which together paved the way for the 'Lorentz transformations' he introduced in full in 1904. "Lorentz's great achievement [for which he won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1902] was to unite the particulate view of electricity with Maxwell's ether-borne, contiguously acting electromagnetic forces. This achievement was founded on Lorentz's novel conception of the electromagnetic ether ... The ether completely permeates matter, and it is not displaced when material bodies move through it. The sole connection between ether and matter occurs through the spherical charged particles, or electrons, that are contained in ponderable molecules. The displacement of one charged particle produces a change in the state of the ether, and this change is propagated outward at the speed of light, influencing a second particle at a later time" (McCormmach, pp. 47-48). In the Versuch, "Lorentz introduced his notion of a 'local time', which he utilized to obtain a 'theorem of corresponding states.' This theorem indicates that the earth's motion through the aether will have no first-order effect whatever on experiments using terrestrial light sources" (Schaffner, p. 503), i.e., no effect if we neglect second and higher powers of v … [Click Below for Full Description]
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