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FitzGerald contraction

Pronunciation: /fitsˈjerəld kənˌtrakSH(ə)n/
(also FitzGerald–Lorentz contraction)


Another term for Lorentz contraction.


Named after George. F. FitzGerald (1851–1901), Irish physicist, and H. A. Lorentz (see Lorentz, Hendrik), who independently postulated the theory in 1892.

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Syllabification: Fitz·Ger·ald con·trac·tion

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