Letter | Published:

The Pressure of Radiation

Nature volume 71, pages 439440 (09 March 1905) | Download Citation



THE success of Lebedeff and Nichols and Hull in recognising and measuring the pressure of radiation has aroused much interest in radiation pressure generally, real or apparent. It has some interesting and sometimes somewhat difficult theoretical aspects. In the first place, if the ether is really absolutely at rest (this rigidity is a very difficult idea), the moving force on it has no activity, and its time integral VDB can only be called momentum out of compliment. The force becomes active in a moving ether, with interesting consequences not now under examination. The present question is rather how to interpret the pressure of radiation on the assumption of a fixed ether, in the measure of its effects on matter which is either fixed or moving through the ether.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Author information


  1. February 21.



  1. Search for OLIVER HEAVISIDE in:

About this article

Publication history





By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.