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My Philosophy: Representing My Views on the Many Functions of the Ether of Space (From the library of Rabbi F.E. Rottenberg)

Lodge, Sir Oliver

Published by Ernest Benn Limited, London, 1933
Condition: fair to g Hardcover

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Quarto. 318pp. Original gilt-stamped olive cloth, with gold lettering on spine. Upper margin of front free endpaper signed by Rabbi F.E. Rottenberg. In his study of optics, Newton postulated that light, like sound, must be carried through a medium, and that this medium must exist even in a vacuum. By the late nineteenth century, this theoretical substance was known as the luminiferous ether. But the ether theory faced several problems. If the earth moved through ether, there would be ether wind, and light travelling against the flow would move more slowly than light travelling with it. That was soon disproven. Nor could the ether be stationary: by 1905, Einstein's work on relativity had disproven absolute motion. In this fascinating advocacy of ether, Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940) fiercely defends ether against the new physics, arguing for solid models over mathematical abstractions, and urging new ether experiments. With in-depth references to Einstein, Jeans and Eddington, this book is still relevant to students in the history of science. Sunning to spine and upper half of cover slightly warped. Some foxing to very first and very last pages. Minor and sporadic underlining and annotations in ink throughout. Binding in overall fair, interior in good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 38798

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Title: My Philosophy: Representing My Views on the ...

Publisher: Ernest Benn Limited, London

Publication Date: 1933

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fair to g

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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