"A Dynamical Theory of the Electric and Luminiferous
On the Relative Motion of the Earth and the Luminiferous
Michon gives a comprehensive explanation of the Michelson-Morley Experiment, Fitzgerald contraction and Lorentz transformation, which dispelled the theory of the luminiferous
By the early 1900s, it was thought that there must be a luminiferous
ether that carries light.
[14.] Larmor, J., "A dynamical theory of the electric and luminiferous
medium-- Part II.
The Ethernet engineers used terms from Michelson and Morley, such as the "passive" qualities of the ether, and the type of ether relevant to Ethernet design (i.e., the "luminiferous
ether," or light-bearing ether).
[20.] Earnshaw, S., "On the nature of the molecular forces which regulate the constitution of the luminiferous
ether," Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, Vol.
At the time many people thought that light was propagated by a medium known as the 'luminiferous
18) reminded me of the 19th century search for the luminiferous
Doran meticulously tracks the origins of Michael Faraday's revolutionary lines of electric and magnetic force and physical theories concerning the "luminiferous
aether" that had taken root between 1825 and 1850 back through the Romantic and Enlightenment eras all the way to seventeenth-century conceptions of and challenges to philosophies of materialism including those of Rene Descartes and Leibniz.
Without such technologies the EMS would be nothing more than the "Luminiferous
Ether" promulgated by the scientist Albert A.
Terrence Deacon has listed a number of examples of misplaced concreteness including: Phlogiston = fire substance, Caloric = heat substance (transferred between things), Luminiferous
Ether = medium for wave & field effects, and Elan vital = essence of life.