A very nice clear explanation of Special Relativity, and the puzzle (the inconsistency between Maxwell’s equations governing current and magnetic field) that led up to it. Laypeople often seem to assume that Einstein had a flash of genius that enabled Relativity to emerge sui generis but as you show clearly, a lot of previous work was required to set the stage. Without Lorenz’s prior work it would likely have taken Einstein longer to resolve the puzzle. Thanks!

Anyone who enjoys my articles here on Medium may be interested in my books Why Democracy Failed and The Praying Ape, both available from Amazon.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store