Mechanics / Electrodynamics
ether, Faraday tubes, electric dipoles
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
In the past many attempts have been made to define the properties of an ether -a supposed active agent in all physical phenomena which exists even in interstellar space and is responsible for the transmission of light from the stars. In the introduction of this concept of an ether the chief aim was to establish the unity of science, an aim which was shown to be worthwhile by the subsequent discovery of relations between electricity, magnetism and light.