Unformatted text preview: Faraday, an electric current should be formed whenever there is relative movement, regardless of whether the magnet or the circuit is moving. However, according to Maxwell's equations, an electric current is only induced when the circuit is at rest and the magnet moving. This asymmetrical explanation disturbed Einstein, who was committed to aesthetic principles in his science. In order to resolve this asymmetry, Einstein analyzed the arrangement of magnet and current in terms of relative movement. He proposed that the existence of an electric current depends on the relative velocity of the magnet and circuit with respect to one another. His relativity theory wa s thus the product of his aesthetic discomfort with an asymmetrical explanation....
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- Fall '09
- asymmetrical explanation, mechanical worldview. Scientists