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Ether and modernity : the recalcitrance of an epistemic object in the early twentieth century

Author: Jaume Navarro
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This book is a snapshot of the ether qua epistemic object in the early twentieth century. It shows that the ether was not necessarily regarded as the residue of old-fashioned science, but often as one of the objects of modernity, hand in hand with the electron, radioactivity or X-rays. Instrumental in this was the emergence of wireless technologies and radio broadcasting, which brought the ether into social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jaume Navarro
ISBN: 9780192517791 0192517791 9780191838750 0191838756
OCLC Number: 1050437166
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introdcution --
The ether at the crossroads of classical and modern physics --
Transformations of knowledge in Oliver Lodge's Ether and Reality --
Poincare's mathematical creations in search fo the 'true relations of things' --
Ether and electrons in relativity theory (1900-11) --
Making space for the soul --
Lenard's ether and its vortex of emotions --
Ether and wireless --
Hunting for the luminiferous ether --
Ether and aesthetics in the dialogue between relativists and their critics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries --
Umberto Boccioni's elasticity, Italian futurism and the ether of space --
An ether by any other name?
Responsibility: edited by Jaume Navarro.

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How was ether, an epistemic object largely accepted in the 19th century, regarded in the early 20th century? An older generation of philosophers saw the end of the ether as a paradigmatic case of  Read more...

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