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In the 19th century, most scientists believed in a medium for the propagation of light, and called this medium \"ether\", \"aether\", or even \"luminiferous aether\", derived from the Greek αιθ?ρ,meaning to kindle, burn, or shine. However, the \"static\" aether concept was shattered by the famous Michelson-Morley experiment, in which no aether drag was measured within the limits of the 1887 equipment. Einstein\'s relativity attributed to the demise of aether, though ironically Einstein himself in 1920 claimed it necessary and essential. Einstein\'s \"new\" aether was dynamic, as are most aethers advocated today. Currently many independents believe the \"aether\" died a premature death, and that space is not \"empty\" at all. Aether theories vary greatly in detail, but most attempt to connect with electrodynamic fields and energy in some fashion. The nature of aether is ultimately connected with the nature of light, something that remains a worthy study. Here is yet another area which mainstream science believes is a closed book, yet deserves a closer look.
Oro Valley AZ
Senior Engineering Specialist and Consultant
Prague Czech Republic
physicist, nuclear physicist
Fundamental physics, unification, relativity, aether, quantum mechanics