PBS Space Time

How Luminiferous Aether Led to Relativity

Season 6 Episode 15 | 13m 52s | Video has closed captioning.

As the 19th century came to a close, physicists were feeling pretty satisfied with the state of their science. The great edifice of physical theory seemed complete. A few minor experiments remained to verify everything. Little did those physicists know that one of those experiments would bring the entire structure crashing down paving the way for the physics revolution of the 20th century.

Aired: 05/29/20

Rating: NR


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