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A Simple Classical Interpretation of Fizeau\'s Experiment
Year: 2001 Pages: 7
Keywords: Special Relativity, Stokes's Aether Theory, Speed
  • Math Historian
    (Special Relativity, History of Science)

    Umberto Bartocci was born in Rome, in 1944. In 1967 he graduated in Pure Mathematics with Prof. Beniamino Segre, and then he became his Assistant. After two years of specialization in Cambridge (UK), in 1976 he was appointed Full Professor of Geometry at the University of Perugia. Since then, in Perugia he taught many mathematical courses, mostly concerning Algebra and Geometry, and since 1980 even History of Mathematics.

    He slowly realized that there was a strong ideological connection between Darwinism, the formalistic foundation of Mathematics which lead to a Mathematics without Intuition, and the "irrationalistic" development of 20th Century Physics, which started with Relativity and arrived to the widespread interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. The empirical success of Physics reinforced which in his opinion was a bad Philosophy of Mathematics, and he understood that any critical approach to the foundations of his own discipline was impossible, unless it did involve foundations of Physics too.

    Thus he started studying the logical and empirical foundations of Relativity, in a long intellectual travel which led to the organization of international meetings, publishing papers, and more recently even the edition of the journal Episteme. Rather deluded for the negligible results attained in front of a great effort, he did retire from teaching and research in 2006.

    Most relevant activity:

    • Umberto Bartocci and James Paul Wesley, Editors, Proceedings of the Conference on Foundations of Mathematics & Physics, Benjamin Wesley Publ., Blumberg, Germany, 1990.
    • "Symmetries and Asymmetries in Classical and Relativistic Electrodynamics" (with Marco Mamone Capria), Foundations of Physics, 21, 7, 1991.
    • "Some Remarks On Classical Electromagnetism and the Principle of Relativity" (with Marco Mamone Capria), American Journal of Physics, 59, 11, 1991.
    • 1991, Ischia, Meeting: WHAT PHYSICS FOR NEXT MILLENNIUM?
    • Quale fisica per il 2000? Prospettive di rinnovamento, problemi aperti, verit? ?eretiche?, Convegno Internazionale, Ischia, 1991, Atti a cura di Giuseppe Arcidiacono, Umberto Bartocci, Marco Mamone Capria, Ed. Andromeda, Bologna, 1992.
    • America: una rotta templare - Un?ipotesi sul ruolo delle societ? segrete nelle origini della scienza moderna, dalla scoperta dell?America alla Rivoluzione copernicana, Ed. Della Lisca, Milano, 1995.
    • 1996, Perugia, Meeting: DESCARTES AND THE SCIENCE.
    • "About the violations of the action-reaction principle in Maxwell-Lorentz electrodynamics, and the possibility of "perpetual motion" machines", Physics as a Science, Colonia 1997, Proceedings, Hadronic Press, 1998.
    • Une utopie scientifique ? la d?couverte d?un Nouveau Monde, Politica Hermetica, L?Age d?Homme, Paris, N. 12, 1998.
    • Albert Einstein e Olinto De Pretto: la vera storia della formula pi? famosa del mondo, Ed. Andromeda, Bologna, 1999.
    • La scomparsa di Ettore Majorana: un affare di stato?, Ed. Andromeda, Bologna, 1999.
    • Most common misunderstandings about Special Relativity, Proceedings of "Galileo Back in Italy II", Bologna, Ed, Andromeda, 2000. http://www.cartesio-episteme.net/ERRORSVF.htm
    • A strictly special-relativistic discussion of Ehrenfest paradox and Sagnac experiment suggests another possible experimental falsification of Special Relativity, 2000. http://www.dipmat.unipg.it/~bartocci/EHRphes.html
    • "Looking for a Possible Breakdown of Local Lorentz Invariance for Electromagnetic Phenomena: Theory and First Experimental Results" (with Fabio Cardone and Roberto Mignani), Foundations of Physics Letters, Vol. 14, N. 1, 2001.
    • "A Simple ?Classical? Interpretation of Fizeau?s Experiment" (with Giuseppe Antoni), Apeiron, Vol. 8, N. 3, July 2001.
    • "Looking for Special Relativity?s Possible Experimental Falsifications", Episteme, N. 6, Part II, Dec. 2002. http://itis.volta.alessandria.it/episteme/ep6/ep6-II.htm
    • "I paradossi di Zenone sul movimento e il dualismo spazio-tempo, con un?appendice sulle definizioni matematiche di discreto e continuo", Episteme, N. 8, Sett. 2004. http://www.cartesio-episteme.net/ep8/ep8-zeno.htm.

  • Works:

    • Energia e materia, 1955.
    • La relativit? ? proprio indispensabile? (Is relativity really indispensable?), 1959.
    • La propagazione dell?energia raggiante nei riferimenti in moto, 1963.
    • La relativit?, 1973.
    • La relativit? ristretta dedotta da considerazioni dinamiche, 1984.
    • Per capire la relativit? ristretta che pu? essere una evoluzione della fisica classica, 1990.
    • La relativit? ed il suo spazio-tempo, 1990.
    • La relativit? generale in un contesto dinamico (alla portata di tutti), 1992.