The Speed of Light Is Not Constant

By Rolf Schaffranke

One of the most important cornerstones of today's scientific dogmas dates back to 1905, more than 3/4 of a century ago. Lest we forget, television and radar, jet aircraft and cyclotrons, moonrockets and close-up photos of the planets of out solar system were nothing but wild fantasies of science fiction then.

The speed of light was assumed to be constant and the maximum possible speed in the universe; vacuum was to be a total void. In reality, the speed of light as measured in the Michaelson-Morley experiments was not at all the same in all directions. The "ether drift" still amounted to the respectable velocity of about five miles per second, and similar results were obtained by D.C. Miller in a series of experiments extending over 25 years, from 1902 to 1926.

"Even worse, the measurements showed such marked discrepancies with previous results as to occasion a distress call to the US Coast & Geodetic Survey, whose surveyors repeatedly remeasured the length of the tube and found no error there," reported the Popular Science Monthly March 1934 issue. And it continued: "More recently, speed of light observations only emphasized the apparent erratic behavior of the light beam that the scientists were attempting to plot. On some days it seems to travel faster than others by as much as 12 miles a second.

Its speed seems to vary with the season, also in a mysterious shorter cycle lasting about 2 weeks. Finally, the scientists ended by taking an AVERAGE of all the readings which has been announced as 186,271 miles per second".

In his paper "A Critical Look At The Theory of Relativity", Library of Congress Cat. No. 77-670044, F.K. Preikschat compiled all known light velocity measurements during the past 300 years or so, from Olaf Roemer in 1676 to the Laser measurements conducted by the National Bureau of Standards (USA) in 1972.

Of the 27 experiments undertaken in this field, 18 of them after the turn of this century, it must be concluded that the velocity of light as measured within the reference system of our Earth has changed as much as plus/minus 50 km/sec during the past century. Preikschat plotted a curve of these deviations and suggests a possible relationship between sunspot activities and changes of the Earths magnetic field during the time period in question.

--From Post-relativistic Physics REVIEW AND OUTLOOK THE DEVELOPMENT OF POST-RELATIVISTIC CONCEPTS IN PHYSICS AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ABROAD (PART I) By Rolf Schaffranke

 

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