Adaptation of Galilean transformations to serve Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism

Anton Gyurov & Radina Tokin

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this case study we aim to investigate the important milestones in the incorporation of Maxwell's laws of electromagnetism in Newtonian relativity. Theoretical research has been conducted upon the work of Voigt, Poincare and Lorentz, in the field of mathematical transformations between inertial frames. The development of these transformations is linked to Newton's and Einstein's relativity principles. Although accepting the constancy of speed of light and developing transformations in contradiction with Newtonian relativity, they never fully doubted its postulates. In the aim to unify Newton's and Maxwell's theories in one relativity principle, sharing the same transformations, Voigt, Lorentz and Poincare try to adapt the well established Galilean transformations. By renouncing the need of absolute space and time, Einstein's solution to the topical problem is most efficient - a scientific problem resolved by substitution, rather than adaptation of well established theories.

UddannelserBasis - International Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato13 jan. 2011
VejledereHenning Christiansen


  • relativity
  • mathematical transformations