Re: [asa] MM: null reslut?

From: j burg <hossradbourne@gmail.com>
Date: Sat Jul 26 2008 - 13:09:56 EDT

First of all, see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton_Miller

where this subject is explored in some depth.

Miller (1866-1941) worked with Morley around 1900 on a variety of such
problems. He was, indeed, "emminent."

As recently as 2006 a paper was published

^ a b Thomas J. Roberts, "An Explanation of Dayton Miller's Anomalous
'Ether Drift' Result," arXiv (Oct 2006).

which explained the Miller experiments of the mid 20s. These were published as

^ Dayton C. Miller, "Significance of Ether-drift Experiments of 1925
at Mount Wilson," Address of the President, American Physical Society,
Science, V63, pp. 433-443 (1926). A.A.A.S Prize paper.

and

^ Dayton C. Miller, "Ether-drift Experiments at Mount Wilson in
February, 1926, National Academy of Sciences, Washington (Apr 1926)
{Physics Review, S2, V27, N6, pp. 812 (Jun 1926)}.

You ask why this view is "completely ingored". The answer is that it
is just one of many experiments done over the years that (1) could not
be replicated or (2) were inside reasonable error bounds or (3) were
found to be fraudulent. Miller's paper qualifies on counts (1) and
(2).

Burgy

On 7/16/08, Vernon Jenkins <vernon.jenkins@virgin.net> wrote:
> Hi George,
>
> I read recently that in 1933 the eminent physicist Dayton C Miller - who
> extended the ground-breaking work of Michelson and Morley using improved
> equipment and techniques - reported: "The indicated effect was not zero".
> Do you have any idea why, nowadays, this view is completely ignored?
>
> Vernon

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