Getting rid of the Ether. Could Physics have achieved it sooner, with better assistance from Philosophy?

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Published 18-12-2009
Roberto Torretti

Abstract

The history of the luminiferous ether is sketched with a view to ascertaining what factors may have kept this idea alive until 1905, when Einstein declared it superfluous.

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Torretti, R. (2009). Getting rid of the Ether. Could Physics have achieved it sooner, with better assistance from Philosophy?. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 22(3), 353–374. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.457
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Keywords

ether, lines of force, Maxwell-Lorentz electrodynamics, special relativity

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