Re: Theos-World Ether
Feb 23, 2002 05:02 PM
by Mic Forster
Max, Could the electric and magnetic fields that electromagnetic waves need be interpreted as a medium?
email2cal <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: Mic,
I agree that Einstein helped kill the notion of ether ("disproved" is
not a correct expression). However, that's an old story. According to
quantum theory, what propagates in space is the imaginary waves of
probability, which hardly need a material medium to travel through.
Therefore, it could be said that there are two kinds of reality:
some medium filling the entire space (it might be called ether or
aether), and the waves of information going in all directions and
controlling the excitations of the medium. An alternative point of
view, which is impossible to refute, is that there is simply an empty
space and the waves of probability (no medium).
Moreover, after Einstein it has been discovered that the theory of
electromagnetic waves (which includes the theory of light as a
particular case) can be reinterpreted in terms of quantum mechanics
as the theory of probability waves [technically speaking, it means
that Maxwell's equations can be rewritten as Schrodinger's equations
and interpreted accordingly]. Ergo, no need for medium supporting
propagation of light.
--- In theos-talk@y..., Mic Forster wrote:
> Hi Dennis,
> Einstein, in 1905, disproved the notion that light needs a medium
to travel through, unlike other waves such as sound. Consequently the
notion of the "ether" or "aether" has been disregarded. Though this
is not to be confused with the ether that theosophy talks of. This
ether is something entirely different.
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