Einstein, Popper and the Crisis of theoretical Physics: A new Approach to an Ancient Problem

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tredition, Dec 14, 2015 - Science - 360 pages
EINSTEIN, POPPER AND THE THEORY OF LIGHT AND MATTER discusses under philosophical, logical and mathematical aspects the theory of light and the problem of explaining gravitation, one of the oldest problems of philosophy and physics. Assuming the cause of gravity to lie in a force of attraction without a material agent would violate fundamental principles of physics. Newton saw that, and he knew that his theory left gravity well described but unexplained. Michael Faraday also saw the problem but could not solve it. Both relied on the ether hypothesis, which was given up at the beginning of the 20th Century in favour of Quantum Theory and the Theory of Relativity. Quantum Theory and the Theory of Relativity, however, rested on serious logical and mathematical mistakes. Max Planck gave no reasons for the individibility of the quantum, and his quantum jump assumed velocity without taking time. Einstein based his theory on a mathematical self-contradiction that remained undiscovered in a whole century. Both theories must be abandoned. In that difficult situation applying Karl Popper ́s theory of science leads to a revival of the ether hypothesis in a different shape. If matter is not distinct from ether but is itself a process composed of ether particles, then their elasticity will explain the phenomena of light, of gravity, of the stability of matter, of the vortex shape of galaxies, and several other phenomena as well.

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The Issue at Stake
On Einsteins Theory of Knowledge Chapter 1 Einstein and the Problem of Gravitation
A Third Way to Cognition?
The Poverty of Axiomatics
Axiomatics versus Heuristics 1 From Kant
Axiomatics versus Heuristics 2 From Einstein to Popper
On the aims of Scientific Research
A Century Lost The Long Return to Ether
The Great Quantum Muddle
Ether Theory versus Special Relativity
What About the Atoms? On the Use of Model Theories
Explaining Gravitation
On the Origin of the Universe
A Cautiously Optimistic Outlook
On Karl Poppers Theory of Science
On Deducing the Lorentz Transformation

On the Status of Ether Theory in the 19th Century

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