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B How would Ether simplify science?

  1. Mar 16, 2016 #1
    I heard that if Aether was real it would simplify many things in science, what exactly would it simplify?
     
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  3. Mar 16, 2016 #2

    bhobba

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    Its a matter of opinion because what is simple for some is not so simple for others.

    My view is it breaks the symmetry of an internal frame and destroys the beauty of special relativity. Just my view.

    Others have a different view:
    http://ilja-schmelzer.de/gravity/

    Thanks
    Bill
     
  4. Mar 16, 2016 #3

    PAllen

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    It would put me to sleep.
     
  5. Mar 16, 2016 #4

    russ_watters

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    Since ether theories don't work, it wouldn't simplify anything. Or, from the other direction: if an aether exists, it must be pretty complicated to have eluded detection for so long.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2016 #5
    Nothing. It would just make things more complicated, so we don't bother with it.
     
  7. Mar 17, 2016 #6

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    You heard wrong, on BOTH counts.

    Zz.
     
  8. Mar 17, 2016 #7

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  9. Mar 18, 2016 #8

    berkeman

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