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

Torretti, Roberto (2007) 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). pp. 3353-374. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Assuming, with Hasok Chang, that the history and philosophy of science can contribute to scientific knowledge, particularly when it is a matter of disposing of groundless or useless notions, I examine the case of the luminiferous ether, and seek to ascertain what factors may have kept it alive until 1905, when Ein-stein declared it superfluous.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Torretti, Robertoroberto.torretti@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: ether, lines of force, Maxwell-Lorentz electrodynamics, special relativity
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Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 19:57
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 21:47
Item ID: 10425
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.457
Date: 2007
Page Range: pp. 3353-374
Volume: 22
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10425

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