Excerpt from A Non-Euclidean Theory of Matter and Electricity The theory of matter and electricity which I shall undertake to present in this essay is based first of all on the broad assumption that there exists a physical substratum - the so-called ether - which, with its states and mutations, wholly constitutes the physical universe. Other, less general assumptions of the theory are the following: - 1. The ether is self-extended; that is, what we are accustomed to call space is the general, constitutional extension of the ether. 2. The ether is self-existing; or, time is the continuous existence of the ether. 3. The ether is continuous, limitless, and indestructible. 4. Space, or the constitutional extension of the ether, contains both variety and change of form. In other words, n-homogeneity and mutability are attributes belonging to space. 5. The rmal form of space is the Euclidean form; or, every smallest deviation of space from the homogeneous, Euclidean form is accompanied by appropriate forces in the substance of the ether which tend to restore the spatial relations of its parts to the mathematical relations of Euclidean geometry. 6. Lastly, spatial distances and time intervals are mutually comparable, the relationship between the two being such that 186,000 miles of distance corresponds with, or in a sense equals, one second of time. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.