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ether (ê´ther) or aether, in physics, a hypothetical medium for transmitting internal linkELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, filling all unoccupied space.


Aether (ê´ther) noun
Greek Mythology.
The poetic personification of the clear upper air breathed by the Olympians.

[Latin, from Greek aithêr, upper air.]


ether (ê´ther) noun
1.Any of a class of organic compounds in which two hydrocarbon groups are linked by an oxygen atom.
2.A volatile, highly flammable liquid, C2H5OC2H5, derived from the distillation of ethyl alcohol with sulfuric internal linkacid and widely used as a reagent, a solvent, and an anesthetic. Also called diethyl ether, ethyl ether.
3.The regions of space beyond the earth's atmosphere; the heavens.
4.The element believed in ancient and medieval civilizations to fill all space above the sphere of the internal linkmoon and to compose the stars and planets.

5.Physics. An all-pervading, infinitely elastic, massless medium formerly postulated as the medium of propagation of electromagnetic internal linkwaves.

[Middle English, upper air, from Latin aethêr, from Greek aithêr.]
- ether´ic (î-thèr´îk, î-thîr´-) adjective

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And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there. . . . Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "Patria Mia," in New Age (London, 18 Sept. 1912).

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1973 - Ethernet

Robert Metcalfe devised the Ethernet method of internal linknetwork connection at the internal linkXerox Palo Alto Research Center. He wrote: "On May 22, 1973, using my Selectric typewriter ... I wrote ... "Ether Acquisition" ... heavy with handwritten annotations -- one of which was "ETHER!" -- and with hand-drawn diagrams -- one of which showed `boosters' interconnecting branched cable, internal linktelephone, and ratio ethers in what we now call an internal linkinternet.... If Ethernet was invented in any one memo, by any one person, or on any one day, this was it."

Robert M. Metcalfe, "How Ethernet Was Invented", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Volume 16, No. 4, Winter 1994, p. 84

the Network the Internet

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Peter Carroll, in discussing the theoretical underpinnings of modern 'internal linkChaosHail Eris!internal linkmagic', raises the concept of ether from its dusty grave in order to address the problem of instantaneous (faster-than-light) internal linkinformation transmission. According to this view, ether is a dimension which is 'orthogonal' to that of internal linktime, or is 'a kind of shadow substance', wherein patterns of probability affect material events. It must be pointed out that this is different to the classical concept of ether as a transmissive physical substance, which was postulated in order to explain the propagation of internal linklight waves through a vacuum. The Michaelson-Morley experiment in 1887 supposedly dismissed the notion of ether's physical existence, paving the way for Einstein's special theory of relativity (Zukav, 1978). For Carroll, although ether has a internal linkreal existence, it is not a physical substance, while still affecting physical events simultaneously across space. This phenomenon is important to conceptions of magic, which have magicians causing things to occur across space and time without any physical internal linkcontact between their conjurations and the resulting phenomena.

Carroll points out that his conception of ether is merely a model to explain existing phenomena, and should not be thought of as necessarily having an independent existence outside of this conception, just as physicists make models to explain events in physical interactions. According to the magical model, ether 'acts as though it were a form of information emitted by matter that is instantaneously available everywhere and has some power to shape the behaviour of other matter' (Carroll, p21). This vision of a fundamentally interconnected, dynamic universe is in a sense a return to an ancient, Aristotelian vision of an organic,  interconnected cosmos; it is also a concept of reality which is particularly apt in terms of chaos theory, with its internal linkfractal maps of internal linkinfinite space.

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"Ether, having once failed as a concept, is in the internal linkprocess of being reinvented. internal linkInformation is the ultimate mediational ether"

internal linkWilliam Gibson

Information lives
William Ford Gibson

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"the ethereal fire" - an internal linkalchemical term for internal linkelectricity

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Recapitulating, we may say that according to the general theory of relativity space is endowed with physical qualities; in this sense, therefore, there exists an ether.  According to the general theory of relativity space without ether is unthinkable; for in such space there not only would be no propagation of internal linklight, but also no possibility of existence for standards of space and time (measuring-rods and clocks), nor therefore any space-time intervals in the physical sense. But this ether may not be thought of as endowed with the quality characteristic of ponderable media, as consisting of parts which may be tracked through internal linktime. The idea of motion may not be applied to it."

From "Ether and the Theory of Relativity" an address delivered on May 5th, 1920, in the University of Leyden by internal linkAlbert Einstein.

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A seventeenth century chemical sign for oil. Oil was also drawn 47:6, and in many other ways. Different types of oil also had their special signs.
  Three golden circular forms is also an old sign for pawnbrokers and money-lenders. Pawnbrokers are still often symbolized by the similar 41b:47
  Note that 26:38 means silver in some modern mining contexts, and is a sign for rain in certain meteorological systems. Compare with 24:61, clubs, and 26:28, one of the signs for silver in internal linkalchemy
  In the chemistry of the eighteenth century 26:38 also could stand for aether, ether. That could have meant the ether known by todays chemists, the substance used in nineteenth centrury medicine as an anaesthetic, or it might have meant ether as that element formerly held to form the material of the heavenly spheres from theinternal linkmoon to the fixed stars. 

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