I have just watched a video by Professor Brian Cox. In it he describes the proposed Higgs field. If it exists, it is thought that this field permeates all space among other attributes. When I heard this, it struck a familiar chord. It sounded almost identicle to the description of the aether, which the 19th century physicists also believed permeated all space. My question therefore is what, if anything, do the proposed Higgs field and the old idea of the aether have in common? Or what are their important differences?