**From aether theory to Special Relativity**

by Rafael Ferraro

**Publisher**: arXiv 2013**Number of pages**: 24

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At the end of the 19th century light was regarded as an electromagnetic wave propagating in a material medium called ether. The speed c appearing in Maxwell's wave equations was the speed of light with respect to the ether...

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