The Ether of Space

The Ether of Space

by Oliver Lodge
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The derivation of the word seems to indicate some connexion in men's minds with the idea of Fire: the other three "elements," Earth, Water, Air, representing the solid, liquid, and gaseous conditions of ordinary matter respectively. The name Æther suggests a far more subtle or penetrating and ultra-material kind of substance.
Newton employs the term for the medium which fills space-not only space which appears to be empty, but space also which appears to be full; for the luminiferous ether must undoubtedly penetrate between the atoms-must exist in the pores so to speak-of every transparent substance, else light could not travel through it. The following is an extract from Newton's surmises concerning this medium:-
"Qu. 18.

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ISBN-13: 9781547279104
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/17/2017
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.22(d)

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