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Curtis E. Renshaw
The Galilean Invariance of Maxwell?s Equations

Date: 2011-10-15 Time: 07:00 - 09:00 US/Pacific (1 decade 10 months ago)
America/Los Angeles: 2011-10-15 07:00 (DST)
America/New York: 2011-10-15 10:00 (DST)
America/Sao Paulo: 2011-10-15 11:00
Europe/London: 2011-10-15 14:00
Asia/Colombo: 2011-10-15 19:30
Australia/Sydney: 2011-10-16 01:00 (DST)

Where: Online Video Conference
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The velocity c = (e0u0)-1/2 appears in Maxwell?s Equations, but they say nothing about that velocity with respect to an absolute background and give no reference frame against which that velocity is measured. All experimenters obtain the same values for e0 and u0, so the observed velocity is the same in any observer?s reference frame. Since the speed of the moving observer can assume any value, the EM wave leaving the source must have speed components in a continuous range, including c as measured in any arbitrary reference frame. The reference frame independent nature of Maxwell's Equations does not prohibit a range of velocities, but instead dictates this to be so. Thus, Maxwell's Equations indicate there are physically detectable components of any EM wave that reach an observer faster or slower than a component traveling at c as measured by that observer. It is this peculiar nature of light that led to the development of special relativity, but we show that the Lorentz transformations are nothing more than an elegant manipulation of the Galilean transformations with no physical basis of support. A direct consequence of this demonstration is the possibility of superluminal communications and travel, such as has been demonstrated with neutrinos at CERN.