"The speed of light is accurately known to 186,282 miles, 698 yards, 2 feet, and 5 and 21/127 inches per second. So, I think that if we change the direction of such a measurement we should be able to detect a change in the speed due to a moving ether, and the speed of that ether with many attempts, if any such thing existed. We're moving from point to point at about 200 miles per second, so some evidence should have been found, no? "
That was the reasoning beyond Michelson-Morley experiment which failed for 40 years to return any meaningful detection of aether with respect to earth rotation. Michelson was unhappy with is own findings until he died. He devoted his entire career to find the elusive aether which could explain how photons travel in absolute vacuum.
But the failed detection did not kill the belief since the underlying phenomena of travel of radiation in absolute vacuum is still an unsettling fact in science.
Soon after Michelson died, or around his last years, Dirac invented the crazy entity of anti-matter, virtual particles, and claimed that absolute vacuum was not void but a site where energy could give rise to matter. That was coined as "materialization of energy". Dirac was rebuked for 7 years for intermingling magic with science. But, that led to the discovery of antimatter, which brought aether back to the table.
Then the question rose on what should aether look, feel, and behave in order to reconcile our perception with natural reality.
Einstein was also rebuked for rejecting his own special relativity when advanced general relativity. Einstein claimed that spacetime could curve with material content, which renders spacetime a non-void container of aether.
So, your argument on the impossibility of detection that should nullify the aether hypothesis has gone through 300 years of back-and-forth scientific debating, ending with the dark matter and dark energy. That was all preceded by criticizing Michelson-Morley experiment as a first order experiment, too insensitive to discern aether since the speed of earth was too small with respect to the speed of light.
Mohamed F. El-Hewie
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