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

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.

Keywords


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

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.457