Preliminary Program

Preliminary Programme


Thursday, March 30th

9:30  Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45 – 10:15  Jordi Mora (Universitat Autònoma Barcelona).
Ether, constitution of matter and ideologies in late 19th-century Spain.

10:15 – 11:15  Imogen Clarke (Independent Scholar)
The ether at the crossroads of classical and modern physics

11:15   Coffee-break

11:45 – 12:45  Connemara Doran (Harvard)
The Ether, the Spacetime Manifold, and the Amorphous Continuum in Poincare's Mathematics and Physics

12:45 – 13:45  Scott A. Walter (Université de Nantes)
Electron theory, the ether, and wireless technology, 1906-1929

13: 45  Lunch

15:30 – 16:30  Jaume Navarro (UPV/EHU)
Ether and Wireless. An old medium into new media

16:30 – 17:30  Roberto Lalli (MPIWG)
Hunting for the luminiferous ether: The revival of the Michelson-Morley experiment in the 1920s

17:30  Coffee-break

18:00 – 19:00  Aaron Wright (Stanford)
An Ether by Any Other Name? Paul Dirac's Æther

Friday, March 31st

9:30 – 10:30  Arne Schirrmacher (Humboldt Universität)
Ether and politics. Philipp Lenard's ether and German Physics

10:30 – 11:15  Gábor Palló (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Latecomer Ether Theory: Lajos Jánossy

11: 15  Coffee-break

11:45 – 12:45  Richard Staley (Cambridge)
Ether and Aesthetics in the Dialogue between Relativists and their Critics

12:45 – 13:45  Linda D. Henderson (University of Texas)
Italian Futurism and the Ether: Umberto Boccioni's Elasticity and Unique Forms of Continuity in Space.

13:45  Lunch

15:30 – 16:30  Michael Whitworth (Oxford)
Transformations of knowledge in Oliver Lodge's Ether and Reality

16:30 – 17:00  Richard Noakes (Exeter) (discussion of his paper)
Making space for the soul: the Psychic functions of Oliver Lodge's Ether

17:00  Coffee-break

17:30 – 19:00  General Comments led by Massimiliano Badino