Oxford University Press (1991)
AbstractThe vacuum is fast emerging as the central structure of modern physics. This collection brings together philosophically-minded specialists who engage these issues in the context of classical gravity, quantum electrodynamics, and the grand unification program. The vacuum emerges as the synthesis of concepts of space, time, and matter; in the context of relativity and the quantum this new synthesis represents a structure of the most intricate and novel complexity. This book is a work in modern metaphysics, in which the concepts of substance and space interweave in the most intangible of forms, the background and context of our physical experience: vacuum, void, or nothingness.
As time went by, of course, this mechanical ether came to seem less and less necessary, or plausible, and the electromagnetic field emerged as a new, non-mechanical, concept; its vibrations were supposed not to require the existence of any underlying mechanical contraption. Gravity was also naturally regarded as a field theory. A. [REVIEW]Ijr Aitchison
Uber den Ather, Schweizerische Naturforschende Gesellschaft Verhanflungen, 105, 85 (1924); English translation by Simon Saunders: On the Ether. [REVIEW]A. Einstein
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