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The Newcomb-Michelson velocity of light experiments

Author: William E Carter; Merri Sue Carter
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : [American Geophysical Union], 2002.
Series: Eos, vol. 83, no. 37.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Simon Newcomb; Albert A Michelson; Albert A Michelson; Simon Newcomb
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William E Carter; Merri Sue Carter
OCLC Number: 50629509
Notes: "10 September 2002."
"United States astronomer Simon Newcomb (1835-1909) is remembered as the leading American mathematical astronomer of the 19th century; Albert Michelson (1852-1931) as the leading optical experimentalist of his era, and the first American to win the Nobel Prize in physics (1907). Newcomb first became interested in measuring the velocity of light to better determine the scale of the solar system. Ensign Michelson began his velocity of light experiments while preparing to teach physics at the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland. Using private funding and Naval Academy facilities, in January 1879, Michelson obtained a value of 299,910 km/sec. In March of that same year Newcomb received an appropriation of five thousand dollars and Michelson was detailed to the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) to assist with experiments in Washington D.C. The instrument designed by Newcomb used a four-sided solid steel rotating mirror to avoid a failure of the type Michelson had experienced when a thin glass mirror failed from centrifugal force."
Description: pages 405, 410 : illustrations, portraits ; 45 cm.
Series Title: Eos, vol. 83, no. 37.
Responsibility: William E. Carter and Merri Sue Carter.

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