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The mechanical world view of the nineteenth century revisited

By: Bjørn Ursin Karlsen

This is a test of how far a nineteenth-century modified mechanical worldview can be adapted to modern science. The model is based on the assumption that space is an elastic continuum of an infinite extent that obtains inertia from being compressed, and the matter is nothing but confined wave energy.

Thomson (Lord Kelvin) attributed as early as 1847 linear character to electric force and current and a rotatory character to magnetism. ... he showed that in his model a linear current could be represented by a circular, or endless cord if a tangential force were applied to the cord all around the circuit. Among other things he wrote: “The force thus applied tangentially all round an endless line of the jelly produces a tangential drag on the jelly all around and cau...

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