2nd September 2005 - 08:11 AM
No - of course he didn't. In fact, Einstein just replaced the conception of ether (erroneously understanded at the time of writing of SRT) by some ad-hoc postulate set, which could be derived from wave ether idea easilly, thought. In the course of one hundred years the Einstein's advance could be evaluated as a certain logic jump (but still experimentally supported by the Maxwell theory of light). But it's not the first case in the science history at all.
...but I am beginning to understand the fluid-like properties of Aether...
That's perfect, really. The basic nature of Aether remains a weavy though (i.e. forms a system of interferring waves), but it could be described in some aspect as a system of virtual particles - like those ones, which are producing a scattering of light in an elastic atmosphere/ocean thick layers... This is behavior of system particles, which are forming a fluid look&feel at the long distances. The wave character of Aether will more obvious from the light spreading animation http://forum.physorg.com/index.php?showtopic=2787
The potential existence absolute reference frame couldn't be so suprising, because of the Aether theory simply explains, why it's unreachable for the wave system onto it's "surface". But if we admit the idea of universe creation from nothing, then we have to found a natural original position of this "nothing". Aether theory gives simple answer at this case, too.
The Aether conception is based on wave equation theory - so it forms a theoretical background of M-theory, which postulates ad hoc, that universe is formed by the "strings". This conception could be easily understood by now and we can simulate, even using the common PC's, how these "vacuum strings" really looks like. But it can serve as a theoretical background of the other modern theories as well: as I've demonstrated on the case of scattering, the strict low-level wave description couldn't be always so effective in description for example, the dark matter effect (which is result of that scattering, maybe).
Einstein's common relativity theory suggests a deep insight even in the scope of Aether. I believe, it could be extended by introducing an concept of hidden dimension's with no respect of Aether theory, but Aether theory gives a better understanding of this basic principle either.