The Expanding Worlds of General Relativity

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Hubert Goenner, Jürgen Renn, Jim Ritter, Tilman Sauer
Springer Science & Business Media, 1 de des. 1998 - 512 pàgines
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The past decade has seen a considerable surge of interest in historical and philo sophical studies of gravitation and relativity, due not only to the tremendous amount of world-wide research in general relativity and its theoretical and observational consequences, but also to an increasing awareness that a collaboration between working scientists, historians and philosophers of science is, in this field, partic ularly promising for all participants. The expanding activity in this field is well documented by recent volumes in this Einstein Studies series on the History of General Relativity as well as by a series of international conferences on this topic at Osgood Hill (1986), Luminy (1988), and Pittsburgh (1991). The fourth of these conferences, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, was held in Berlin from 31 July to 3 August 1995, with a record attendance of some 80 historians and philosophers of science, physicists, mathematicians, and as tronomers. Based on presentations at the Berlin conference, this volume provides an overview of the present state of research in this field, documenting not only the increasing scope of recent investigations in the history of relativity and gravitation but also the emergence of several key issues that will probably remain at the focus of debate in the near future. RELATIVITY IN THE MAKING The papers of this section deal with the origins and genesis of relativity theory.
 

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Preface
vii
Relativity at Large
xxi
Acknowledgements
xxv
Minkowski Mathematicians
45
Heuristics and Mathematical Representation
87
Rotation as the Nemesis
124
Einstein Relativity and Gravitation Research
161
Controversies in the History of the Radiation Reaction
207
The Cosmological Woes
271
Genesis and Evolution of Weyls Reflections
324
on De Sitters Universe
337
Larmor versus General Relativity
405
Kretschmanns Analysis of Covariance
431
Contributors
501
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