Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Dark Matter and the Luminiferous Ether

by Charles Pooter

I wouldn't be surprised if these guys turned out to be correct:

Moffat compares the modern interest with dark matter to the insistence by scientists in the early 20th century on the existence of a “luminiferous ether,” a hypothetical substance thought to fill the universe and through which light waves were thought to propagate.

“They saw a glimpse of special relativity, but they weren't willing to give up the ether,” Moffat told SPACE.com. “Then Einstein came along and said we don't need the ether. The rest was history.”

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