Light Years pp 169-191 | Cite as

Fearful Symmetry

  • Brian Clegg
Part of the Macmillan Science book series (MACSCI)


As the twentieth century dawned it seemed that there was little more to find out about light. Experiment after experiment had proved it to be a wave. Faraday and Maxwell had described its makeup as an intertwined magnetic and electrical ripple. Michelson had shown that the ether simply wasn’t there. There were just a couple of small details to iron out, little problems where the theory didn’t fit what was actually observed, but no one had any doubt that these discrepancies would soon be fixed. They would be — but in a way that would blast apart all that had been assumed before.


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© Brian Clegg 2008

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