We know that low-dimensional materials and topological materials are some of the current hot topics in Physics.

Did this happen with the pre-special relativity discussions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, too?

I couldn’t get a conclusion reading https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_special_relativity

  • $\begingroup$ There were no electronic communications or social networks back then, so it is unclear what you mean by "hot topic". The negative outcome of Michelson-Morley experiments was discussed by top physicists in the field (Hertz, Fitzgerald, Lorentz, Larmor, Poincare) and various clever explanations suggested, but that much is clear from Wikipedia. As Kelvin's and Michelson's remarks suggest, there was also an excited anticipation of a "grand unification" of physics based on ether, see Kragh's book. $\endgroup$
    – Conifold
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 23:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Conifold Thanks for your attention. I think this can be an answer! Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Caetes
    Commented May 10, 2017 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ Can you explain what "pre-special relativity" means? $\endgroup$ Commented May 10, 2017 at 15:25

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Once electromagnetism produced a lot of awards in that time and it were researched by top physics, I think not exactly special relativity but Electromagnetism were a hot topic. Thanks @Conifold.


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