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Reconsidering Maxwell's aether

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In the 19th century, James Clerk Maxwell developed a theory of aether to explain electromagnetic phenomena. In that era, the existence of aether was generally accepted. In the 20th and 21st centuries, science has moved away from the notion of the existence of aether and into the age of photons and quanta. This article suggests that the scientific community revisit the concept of Maxwell's aether as the fundamental substance that might underlie electromagnetic phenomena.
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Keywords: Aether; Electric Current; Electromagnetic Field; Entanglement; Ether; Induction; Magnetism; Polarization

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2014-12-15

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