THE VIOLENT CATASTROPHE OF LUMINOUS AETHER
- Luminous Aether --- Champion of Boundless Force
- Dewys Antipatheous ----- Classic loyalist to Aether
- Relatio Albertus ) ------------- Collaborators on the
- Maxius Quantus ) --------------- Ostracism of
- Werner HeiseniusBergus ) ------ Luminous Aether
- Philosophers, Cosmospolitans, and Sophists
- Luminous Aether has just been banished from natural
philosophy by the
- Triumvirate of Relatio Albertus, Maxius Quantus, and
Werner von HeiseniusBergus.
- The Public has assembled in complacency to hear the
justification for such an act of abandon.
Act III Scene IIB:
Sophists --We will be informed! Let us be informed!
- Then follow me, and give me audience, friends.
- Maxius, go you the other direction.
- And parse the momentum.
- Those to whom I will relate, let 'em stay here;
- Those to whom Maxius will plank down our basis, go with
- And heuristic reasons shall be forthcoming
- Of Aether's exile.
- 1st Sophist --- I will hear Albertus
- 2nd Sophist -- I will hear Maxius, and compare
- --------------- When simultaneousness shall we ponder.
- 3rd Sophist -- The Nobel Albertus has
- Be patient till the last.
- Philosophers, cosmopolitans, and sophists, hear me for my
- And be silent, that you may consent. Believe me for mine
- And have respect to mine efforts, that you may accept.
- Accept my thoughts in your wisdom, and awake your senses,
- That you may the better judge. If there be any in this
- Any dear friend of Aether's, to him I say
- That Albertus' love of Aether was no less than his.
- If then that this friend demand why Albertus rose
- Against Aether, this is my answer:
- Not that I loved Aether less, but that I loved clarity
- Not that I loved rotation less, but that I loved
- Had you rather Aether existed, and die all slaves to
- Than that Aether were banned, to live
all free men without causation?*
- As Aether embraces me, I weep for it; as Aether is
- I rejoice at it; as Aether is foundation, I honor it;
- But, as Aether is elusive
I slew it.
- There are tears, for its intimacy; joy, for its
- Honor, for its tenacity; and ostracism, for its
- Who is here so Newtonian, that would be a classicalist?
- If any, speak; for him have I aggravated.
- Who is here so absolute, that would not be a relativist?
- If any, speak; for him have I aggravated.
- Who is here so analog, that will not love digital?
- If any, speak; for him have I aggravated.
- I pause for an answer.
ALL -- Zero, Albertus, zero!
- Then zero have I aggravated. I have done no more to
- Aether than you shall do to Albertus. The righteousness
- Its banishment is revealed in Michelson's
- Its glory not eliminated, wherein it is worthy,
- Nor its concealed
intricacies forgiven, for which it merited
ENTER Dew Antipathy and others,
with Aether's paling body-centered orb.
- Here comes the globe, mourned by Dew Antipathy,
- Who, though he had no hand in Aether's ban,
- Shall, as I have, receive through the bafflement of its
- A chaos in place of unified
- As which of you shall not?
- With this I take leave, that, as I slew physics' most
- For the good of exposition, I have the same dagger for
- When it shall please my cosmos to need my abdication.
ALL -- Live, Albertus! Live, live.
- 1st Sophist -- Bring Albertus with victory
home unto his chamber.
- 2nd Sophist -- Give him a shrine above his
- 3rd Sophist -- Let him shun Aether.
- 4th Sophist -- Aether's better parts shall
remain concealed thru Albertus.
- 1st Sophist -- We'll bring him to the
millenium with Nobel honors.
- 5th Sophist -- We'll proclaim him Person of
- 2nd Sophist -- Peace! Silence! Albertus
- Good cosmopolitans, let me retreat alone,
- And, for my soul, go hence with Antipathy,
- Do grace to Aether's fading glimmer, and grace his site,
- Tending to Aether's glories, which Dew Antipathy,
- In spite of our denunciation, has persevered to make.
- I do entreat you, that everyone depart,
- Save I alone, to Antipathy's web spoke,
- And there view the eulogy of Aether's crimes.
- 1st Sophist -- Go, ho! And let us hear Dew
- 3rd Sophist -- Let us weave into the public
- ----- We'll hear him. Scrupulous Antipathy, go on.
- For Albertus' sake, I am beholding to you.
- 4th Sophist -- What does he say of Albertus?
- 3rd Sophist -- He says, for Albertus' sake, he
finds himself beholding to us all.
- 4th Sophist -- 'Twere best he speak no harm of
- 1st Sophist -- This Aether was a tyrant.
- 3rd Sophist -- Nay, that's certain, we are
blest the cosmos is rid of it.
- 2nd Sophist -- Peace! Let us hear what
Antipathy will say.
ALL -- Peace, ho! Let us hear him.
- Friends, cosmopolitans, sophists, loan me your thoughts;
- I come to bury Aether, not to praise it.
- The errors that men make proliferate beyond them.
- The wisdom is oft buried in the past.
- So let it be with Aether. The Nobel Albertus
- Hath told you Aether was superfluous.^
- If it is so, it is an unfortunate fault.
- And tragically hath Aether paid the price.
- Here, under annoyance of Albertus and the rest
- (For Albertus was a Nobel man,
- So were they all, all Nobel men),
- Come I to lament in Aether's wake.
- It is a mainstay, embracing, and illuminating to me;
- But Albertus said Aether was superfluous,
- And Albertus was a Nobel man.
- It hath brought home to light many concepts,
- Whose formula did the general laws fulfill;
- Did this in Aether seem superfluous?
- When that the clewless have floundered, Aether hath
- Superfluity should be made of less profound stuff.
- Yet Albertus said it was superfluous.^
- And Albertus is a Nobel man.
- You all recall before the Century,
- 'Twas thrice assigned a corpuscular shift,
- Which Aether D.I.D.* thrice wave aside. Was this
- Yet Albertus said Aether was superfluous;
- And sure he was a Nobel man.
- I speak not to disprove what Albertus spoke,
- But here I am to speak what I do know. Like Maxwell and
- You all loved Aether once, not without cause;
- What ground withholds you then to plead for Aether?
- O judgment, thou art gravitated to relative beasts,
- And men have given up their reason! Bear with me;
- My heart is in the dark vacuum there with Aether,
- And I must waver 'till it can induce me back.
- 1st Sophist: -- Me thinks there is much reason
in his common sense.
- 2nd Sophist: -- If thou consider rightly of
matter, Aether has had great wrong.
- 3rd Sophist: -- Has it, Wu Li masters?
- --------------- I fear there has been an entangle come in
- 4th Sophist: -- Mark ye its deeds? Though Aether would not translate Morley's
- --------------- Proof 'tis not
certain it is superfluous.
- 1st Sophist: -- If it be found as not so, some
will dear abide it.
- 2nd Sophist: -- Poor soul, his eyes are
luminescent with ire..
- 3rd Sophist: -- There's not a more proper
zealot in the cosmos than Antipathy.
- 4th Sophist: -- Now mark him, he begins again
- But yesterday the carrier of light might
- Have stood 'gainst the world; now lies Aether near death,
- And none so poor to do it devotion.
- O Wu Li masters! If I were disposed to stir
- Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
- I should do Albertus wrong; and Werner wrong
- Who, you all know, were Nobel men.
- I will not do them wrong; I rather choose
- To deny the banished, to deny myself and you,
- Than I will wrong such Nobel men.
- But here's a parchment with the derivatives of Maxwell;
- Found in Sir Edmund's closet;
'tis Aether's history.
- Let the cosmos hear this testament,
- Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read,
- And they would clamor to revive dormant Aether's wake,
- And dip their gauges in its vacuous fields;
- Yea, beg a quark of it for memory,
- And dying, mention it with all their wills,
- Exposing it as the bouyant messenger of force
- Unto their kinsmen.
- 4th Sophist -- We'll hear the testament; read
it, Dew Antipathy.
ALL -- The legacy, the legacy! We will hear Aether's legacy!
- Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it.
- It is not for you to know how Aether embraces you.
- You are not elemental, you are not solids, but women and
- And being women and men, hearing the legacy of Aether,
- It will awaken your complacency, it will make you
- 'Tis good you know not that you are Aether's fabric;
- For if you should, O, what would come of it?
- 4th Sophist -- Read Whittaker's testament!
We'll hear it, Antipathy!
- -------------- You shall read us the history, Aether's
- Will you persevere? Will you stay for the allotted
- I have o'ershot myself to inform you of it.
- I worry I wrong the Nobel men
- Whose swords have thrust Aether aside; I do fear it.
- 4th Sophist -- They were misled, Nobel men!
ALL -- The will! The testament!
- 2nd Sophist -- They were eager,
- --------------- Victims of the circumstantial! The
legacy! Read the legacy!
- You will obligate me then to recapitulate the history?
- Then curl a circle about the orb of Aether,
- And let me show you that of which you are made.
- Shall I gravitate? And will you give me space?
ALL -- Come down.
- 2nd Sophist -- Descend.
- 3rd Sophist -- You shall have Absolute space
- 4th Sophist -- A ring! Stand round.
- 1st Sophist -- Stand from the orb, stand from
- 2nd Sophist -- Space for Antipathy, most
- Nay, press not so upon me; stand far off.
ALL -- Stand back! Room! Bear back!
- If you have doubts, prepare to face them now.
- You all do retain this vision; I remember
- The first time ever Aether interfered;
- 'Twas on a Young evening, in shadows,
- That wave overcame the Newton.
- Look! In this black box ran Maxius' dagger through:
- See what a dual the vacuous Werner impelled;
- Through photo-intensity the well-beloved Albertus jolted;
- And as he pluck'd his cursed photon away,
- Mark how the wave of Aether follow'd it.
- As rushing thru pores, to be discovered.
- If Albertus so unkindly knock'd, or no;
- For Albertus, as you know, was Aether's strayed angel;
- Reflect, O you gods! How clearly Aether bathed him.
- This was the most unkindest cut of all;
- For when shy Aether felt the Nobel Albertus joust,.
- Cryptic essence, more strong than disbelievers' charms,
- Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his hard fought
- And, with its body-centered cloak
upon its facade,
- Even at the perimeter of Helium's royal boundary,
- Which all the while ran concealed, great Aether
- O! What a swoon there was, my cosmos.
- Then I , and you, and all of us shrank back,
- Whilst misguided reason abound'd over us.
- O! Now you reconnoiter, and I perceive you feel
- A dint confounded; these are creditable aura.
- Kind souls, what! Weep you when you admit to
- Our Aether's premature departure? Look you here.
- Here is Aether itself, babffl'ng, as you see,
- With body-centered symmetry.
- 1st Sophist -- O poignant camouflage!
- 2nd Sophist -- O timid Aether!
- 3rd Sophist -- O sad deception!
- 4th Sophist -- O adrift souls! Victims!
- 1st Sophist -- O most unified
- 2nd Sophist -- We will be rectified.
- --------------- Citizens, Revolve! - Turnabout! - Seek!
- --------------- Inflame! - Luminate! - Restore! - Pray!
- --------------- Let not another be deceived.
- 1st Sophist -- Peace there! Hear the
- 2nd Sophist -- We'll hear him, we'll follow
him, we'll pry with him.
- Good friends, sweet citizens, let me not whirl you
- To such a maelstrom of mutiny.
- This deed was done by those whose intent was honorable:
- To what constant blunders they may have gravitated, alas!
I know not,
- And shall, without waver, thru beguiled logic seduce you.
- And tell you, no, compel you that Aether is dead.
- I come not, friends, to reverse the progress:
- I am no philosopher, as Albertus was;
- But, as you know me all, a spirit of the Common Sense,
- I tell you that which you yourselves do know,
- Show you shy Aether's wounds, poor poor dumb mouths,
- And bid them speak for me: for were I Albertus,
- And Albertus Antipathy, there were an Antipathy
- Would ruffle up your inertia,
and put a twist
- In every wound of Aether, that should move
- The planets of the Cosmos to gyrate and ellipse.
ALL -- We'll mutiny.
- 1st Sophist -- We'll reverse the travesty of Albertus
- 3rd Sophist -- Away then! Come, assimilate the
- Yet hear me, cosmopolitans; yet hear me speak.
ALL -- Peace, ho! Hear Antipathy, Most scrupulous Antipathy.
- Why, friends, you go to do you know not what.
- Wherein hath Aether thus earned your trust?
- Alas! You know not: I must confide you then.
- You have o'erlooked Whittaker's primer I told you of.
ALL -- Most true. The text! Let's stay and hear the text.
- Here is the legacy, from under Maxwell's guise.
- With capricious spin, to every citizen, pounds it gives,
- With every other, an electron's anomalous signature.
- 2nd Sophist -- Most shy Aether! We'll denounce
- 3rd Sophist -- O demure Aether!
ALL -- Peace, ho!
- Moreover, Whittaker hath yielded to you all its glimmers,
- Its torus whispers, and deep-planted
- With idler arms; Maxwell hath inkled layers for you,
- And to your heirs at radiant speed: common pleasures,
- To glide undetected amongst, and reform itself as if
- Here is an Aether! Comes when any other?
- 1st Sophist -- Never, never! Come,Waves,
- -------------- We'll ruminate its body-centered
spheres in zero point vacuum,
- -------------- And with polarized Beverage, refract the
- -------------- Take up the orb.
- 2nd Sophist -- Oscillate, fetch luminescence.
- 3rd Sophist -- Pulse down the gravity.
- 4th Sophist -- Planck down the forms, quanta,
[EXIT all with Aether's Orb.]
- Now let Aether work. Absolution, thou art alight.
- Take thou whatever form thou chooses!
^ Ok, Ok, I admit Albert Einstein doesn't directly state that
aether is superfluous in his 1920
address to University of Leyden, but the implication is so
strong, and superfluous rhymed so well with ambitious, its use
could not be averted. By not allowing aether to have physical
properties and I quote, "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 time.
The idea of motion may not be applied to it.", Albert
Eintstein confirmed his position of aether's superfluous
existence. As my alter-A.K.A. (antipathy) denotes above , I
*[Dioptic, Interference, Diffraction]
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