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[–] Momerath 2 points 36 points (+38|-2) ago 

Tesla disagreed with Einstein s relativity because it eliminated the aether. This has never been satisfactorily resolved.

[–] discoball [S] 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

From what I understand, Tesla disagreed with a lot of Einstein's thought experiments and the science of the time that boiled down to 'make it work on paper, not in practice.' He preferred old-fashioned experiments.

[–] DeliciousOnions 2 points 16 points (+18|-2) ago 

EVERYBODY disagreed with Einstein when it came to the weirder results of his theory. Black holes and time dilation were such wild concepts that a lot of folks didn't want to believe him.

At the time, equations were all they could work with because we didn't have instruments sensitive enough to measure his predictions. But one by one, as we get chances to confirm them, Einstein's theories just keep getting proven right.

Back then the complaint was that fucking with equations is no substitute for real experiments and that IS a valid criticism, it's just Einstein turned out to be right anyway.

[–] weezkitty 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Probably a lot of things about Tesla. He is usually largely skipped over when discussing the history of electricity

[–] TheAntiZealot 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Didn't he invent a/c electricity?

[–] SocksOnCats 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

There is an aether. But these days scientists (mostly just self-aggrandizing “mathematicians”) call it the ‘electromagnetic field’. Still the same damned thing.

[–] TheAntiZealot 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Define aether, for me?

[–] LostandFound 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Here is what the modern view of aether is in my opinion.

Well ... its actually more about what its not really, it's not anything at all other than a viable medium, in essence it has no properties. In contrast to the general relativity postulation that introduced the concept of space-time. Proposing that there is something in the nothing and that something has properties, can be bent, stretched etc. giving rise to all kinds of theoretical objects like black holes.

In an Aether based universe your back to explaining the effects of gravity absent the space-time paradigm we are familiar with, which is a setback. Though a few have gotten close over the years to making the Aether work, but largely as a derivative or expression from another concept, such as the electric universe. Tesla, Steinmetz, Heaviside are some of the last great minds to have really considered the fundamental forces of the universe and gravity perhaps from another angle. In current times Eric Dollard and Ken Wheeler.

But my head nearly exploded when I first realised that the people who created all the core principles and devices that run our modern electrical grid believed in an entirely different system and understanding of electricity, energy and the universe.

[–] ColaEuphoria 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Luminiferous Either I believe.