A Plea for Absolute Motion


THE title of Prof. Schuster's letter is somewhat wider than its contents. The writer does not discuss whether the term “absolute motion” is significant, but only whether, assuming that the words have a definite meaning, the absolute motion of any body can be determined by physical inquiry. By implication he has himself answered the question in the negative, for at the critical stage of his discussion he introduces arguments which are not physical, but philosophical.

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