Getting rid of the Ether: Could Physics have achieved it sooner, with better assistance from Philosophy?

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THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 2171-679X, Vol: 22, Issue: 3, Page: 3353-374

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Torretti, Roberto
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
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Assuming, with Hasok Chang, that the history and philosophy of science can contribute to scientific knowledge, particularly when it is a matter of disposing of groundless or useless notions, I examine the case of the luminiferous ether, and seek to ascertain what factors may have kept it alive until 1905, when Ein-stein declared it superfluous.