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ant
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Posted on Wednesday, 25 March, 2009 - 03:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello all,

Are there still people who believe in aether as the medium by which radio waves travel, in any shape or form?

My immediate reaction when asked was that this belonged with theories of the flat earth or creationism but given the oddities which science keeps throwing up, perhaps I could be wrong...

Regards Ant
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gajjer
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Posted on Wednesday, 25 March, 2009 - 06:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi ant
the first books I read about radio discussed the aether. It sounded a bit odd at the time as we were told that space was a vacuum - so what was the aether made of. However, now I know more, the aether seems more believeable!!!
We talk about fields as if we know what they are. We immagine lines of force and potential gradients but that doesn't really explain what happens.

Ah well back to my experiments with flogiston.

cheers
gaj
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zeitghost
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Posted on Thursday, 26 March, 2009 - 08:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I blame the chronoton particles and dark matter/dark energy/whatever the flavour of the month is in physics... :-)
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gajjer
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Posted on Thursday, 26 March, 2009 - 03:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Out in the garden earlier I spotted a brown hole. And it had dark matter in it. I think I'm on the brink of a discontinuity!

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gaj
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steerpike
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Posted on Sunday, 29 March, 2009 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wait a couple of weeks & you may see the Aether Bunny.
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ant
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Posted on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 10:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello Steerpike,

Not much advance on the original question but I think you're winning on punts!

Regards Ant

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