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This four-volume work represents the most comprehensive documentation and study of the creation of general relativity; one of the fundamental physical theories of the 20th century. It contains the direct facsimile, transcript and explanation of and comments on the Einstein Zurich Notebook as written in 1912. The research by Einstein herein forms a pivotal part of his creation of the theory of General Relativity (1915) from Special Relativity (1905) and Newton's law of gravitation. Additional sources from Einstein and others who from the late 19th to the early 20th century contributed to this…mehr

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This four-volume work represents the most comprehensive documentation and study of the creation of general relativity; one of the fundamental physical theories of the 20th century. It contains the direct facsimile, transcript and explanation of and comments on the Einstein Zurich Notebook as written in 1912. The research by Einstein herein forms a pivotal part of his creation of the theory of General Relativity (1915) from Special Relativity (1905) and Newton's law of gravitation. Additional sources from Einstein and others who from the late 19th to the early 20th century contributed to this monumental development sources are presented here in translation for the first time. The volumes offer detailed commentaries and analyses of these sources that are based on a close reading of these documents supplemented by interpretations by the leading historians of relativity. All in all, the facets of this work, based on more than a decade of research, combine to constitute one of the most in-depth studies of a scientific revolution ever written. TOC:Vol. 1: Einstein's Zurich Notebook, Introduction and Source.- Vol. 2: Einstein's Zurich Notebook, Commentary and Essays.- Vol. 3: Gravitation in the Twilight of Classical Physics, Between Mechanices, Field Theory and Astronomy.- Vol. 4: Gravitation in the Twilight of Classical Physics, The Promise of Mathematics.

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  • Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
  • Seitenzahl: 2099
  • Erscheinungstermin: 17.06.2007
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781402040009
  • Artikelnr.: 37339226
Autorenporträt
Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota, MN, USA / John D. Norton, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA / Jürgen Renn, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany / Tilman Sauer, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA / John Stachel, Boston University, MA, USA
Inhaltsangabe
Vol. 1. Einstein's Zurich Notebook, Introduction and Source Preface Introduction to Volumes 1 and 2 : The Zurich Notebook and the Genesis of General Relativity Michel Janssen, John Norton, Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer, and John Stachel Classical Physics in Disarray (Jürgen Renn) The First Two Acts (John Stachel) Pathways out of Classical Physics (Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer) Einstein's Zurich Notebook Vol. 2: Einstein's Zurich Notebook, Commentary and Essays Michel Janssen, John Norton, Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer, and John Stachel Commentary on the Notes on Gravity in the Zurich Notebook What was Einstein's 'Fateful Prejudice'? (John D..Norton) What Did Einstein Know and When Did He Know It? A Besso Memo Dated August 1913 (Michel Janssen) Untying the Knot: How Einstein Found His Way Back to Field Equations Discarded in the Zurich Notebook (Jürgen Renn and Michel Janssen) Index Vol. 3: Gravitation in the Twilight of Classical Physics, Between Mechanics, Field Theory, and Astronomy Jürgen Renn and Matthias Schemmel (eds.) The Gravitational Force between Mechanics, Electrodynamics and Astronomy The Third Way to General Relativity: Einstein and Mach in Context (Jürgen Renn) Gravitation (Jonathan Zenneck ) Considerations Concerning Gravitation (Hendrik A. Lorentz ) Absolute or Relative Motion? (Benedict and Immanuel Friedländer) On Absolute and Relative Motion (August Föppl ) An Astronomical Road to a New Theory of Gravitation The Continuity between Classical and Relativistic Cosmology in the Work of Karl Schwarzschild (Matthias Schemmel) Things at Rest in the Universe ( Karl Schwarzschild ) A New Law of Gravitation Enforced by Special Relativity Breaking in the 4-Vectors: The Four-Dimensional Movement in Gravitation1905-1910(Scott Walter) On the Dynamics of the Electron : Introduction (Henri Poincaré) Mechanics and the Relativity Postulate (Hermann Minkowski) Old and New Questions of Physics (Hendrik A. Lorentz) The Problem of Gravitation as a Challenge for the Minkowski Formalism The Summit Almost Scaled: Max Abraham as a Pioneer of a Relativistic Theory of Gravitation (Jürgen Renn) On the Theory of Gravitation (Max Abraham) The Free Fall (Max Abraham) A New Theory of Gravitation (Max Abraham) Recent Theories of Gravitation (Max Abraham) A Field Theory of Gravitation in the Framework of Special Relativity Einstein, Nordström and the Early Demise of Scalar, Lorentz Covariant Theories of Gravitation (John D. Norton) The Principle of Relativity and Gravitation (Gunnar Nordström) Inertial and Gravitational Mass in Relativistic Mechanics (Gunnar Nordström) On the Theory of Gravitation from the Standpoint of the Principle of Relativity (Gunnar Nordström) On the Present State of the Problem of Gravitation (Albert Einstein) From Heretical Mechanics to a New Theory of Relativity Einstein and Mach's Principle (Julian B.Barbour) On the Relativity Problem (Albert Einstein) Ether and the Theory of Relativity (Albert Einstein) Vol 4. Gravitation in the Twilight of Classical Physics : The Promise of Mathematics (Jürgen Renn and Matthias Schemmel (eds.) From an Electromagnetic Theory of Matter to a New Theory of Gravitation Mie's Theories of Matter and Gravitation (Christopher Smeenk, Christopher Martin, ) Foundations of a Theory of Matter (Gustav Mie) Remarks Concerning Einstein's Theory of Gravitation (Gustav Mie) The Principle about the Relativity of the Gravitational Potential (Gustav Mie) The Momentum-Energy-Law in the Electrodynamics of Gustav Mie (Max
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From the reviews:

These volumes prove that to Wittgenstein's saying that "Genius is what makes us forget skill" ought to be added the statement "when viewing the finished product." Genius is also the ability to master the available resources and techniques and to synthesize them in a manner that overwhelms. The volumes are the product of a remarkable cooperative effort on the part of five of the most distinguished Einstein scholars. They deciphered and analyzed the extended research notes that Einstein made from 1912 to 1915 in his struggle to arrive at the final formulation of his theory of general relativity. In doing so they have given us deep new insights on Einstein's creativity and on creativity in general, on context, on the role of past resources and expertise, and on the function of analogies. Their researches, observations and commentary have also made us think anew of the concept of a scientific revolution. Their splendid work is surely one of the most important and seminal scholarly accomplishments of recent times.

S.S. Schweber, Brandeis University, USA

"The publication of The Genesis of General Relativity marks the outcome of 10 years of research into the origins of Einstein's General Relativity Theory ... . It provides a comprehensive study and in-depth analysis of how the work of Albert Einstein and his contemporaries changes our understanding of space, time and gravitation. ... At the center of this reconstruction, is a commentary of Einstein's unpublished research notes, so-called 'Zurich Notebook', presented in their entirety for the first time." (Renn Jürgen, www.physorg.com, February, 2007)

These volumes are the result of over two decades of effort, by most of the
leading scholars in the field, to understand the process that culminated in
1915 and 1916 in Einstein's publication of the general theory of relativity.
In addition to relativity physicists the project involved, both individually
and more frequently collaboratively, historians and philosophers of science.
The central objective was, through this richly documented case study, to
identify universal features of the epistemological transformation that the
authors have called a "Copernican process": How is it that heuristic guides
can render conceptual changes that invalidate their use? This dynamical
transmutation is firmly rooted in received societal and disciplinary scientific
knowledge. In the particular case under study here, most relativists will
probably have little trouble rejecting the mistaken popular notion that Einstein
was an isolated genius, creating his new world through shear inspired
imagination... Donald Salisbury, July 2008

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