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The relative motion of the Earth and of the Luminiferous Ether
New Haven, CT: J.D. & E.S. Dana (The American Journal of Science). 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine. FIRST EDITON IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of Michelson's first experiment to determine the existence of the ether. Includes details of his invention of the interferometer to measure the interference of light. "In 1881, Albert A. Michelson, a young American physicist studying in Germany, used his newly invented interferometer… to try to measure how fast the earth was moving through the ether. By splitting a beam of light and sending the two resulting rays bouncing back and forth both with and across the earth's line of motion, Michelson hoped to be able to detect the slight effect the 'ether wind' blowing across the moving earth ought to have on the speed of light. He found no measurable effect, however, either in 1881 or when he repeated the experiment more carefully with E. W. Morley in 1887. Michelson's results raised deep questions about the ether and our supposed motion through it that were not fully resolved until Albert Einstein formulated his theory of relativity in 1905" (Hunt, Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein). Michelson was awarded the 1907 Nobel Prize in physics on the strength of his invention of the interferometer. Also includes a paper by Alexander Graham Bell, "Modification of Wheatstone's Microphone and its applicability to Radiophonic Researches." IN: The American Journal of Science, No, 128, Vol. XXII, August, 1881, pp. 120-129. New Haven, CT: J.D. & E.S. Dana, 1881. Octavo, original wrappers. A FINE COPY, extremely rare in original wrappers.
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