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

Jaume Navarro

Abstract

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 audiences who would otherwise have never heard about it. Following the prestige of scientists like Oliver Lodge and Arthur Eddington as popularisers of science, the ether became common curr ... More

Keywords: ether, modernity, Lodge, epistemic object, twentieth century, wireless

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797258
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797258.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaume Navarro, editor
Ikerbasque Research Professor, University of the Basque Country, Spain