Einstein Studies

Einstein and the Changing Worldviews of Physics

Editors: Lehner, Christoph, Renn, Jürgen, Schemmel, Matthias (Eds.)

  • Contributions from notable experts offer both new and historical insights on relativity, gravity, quantum theory, field theory, and the history of physics
  • Topics give detailed mathematical discussions of relativity
  • Explores recent developments and applications in the general theory of relativity
  • Includes works by leading experts in Einstein studies along with several eminent physicists and mathematicians working in related areas
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This volume reviews conceptual conflicts at the foundations of physics now and in the past century.  The focus is on the conditions and consequences of Einstein’s pathbreaking achievements that sealed the decline of the classical notions of space, time, radiation, and matter, and resulted in the theory of relativity.  Particular attention is paid to the implications of conceptual conflicts for scientific views of the world at large, thus providing the basis for a comparison of the demise of the mechanical worldview at the turn of the 20th century with the challenges presented by cosmology at the turn of the 21st century.

Throughout the work, Einstein’s contributions are not seen in isolation but instead set into the wider intellectual context of dealing with the problem of gravitation in the twilight of classical physics; the investigation of the historical development is carried out with a number of epistemological questions in mind, concerning, in particular, the transformation process of knowledge associated with the changing worldviews of physics.

The contributions explore various aspects of the emerging relativistic views in modern physics by giving an historical, philosophical, and mathematical account of Einstein’s work, as well as the work of other distinguished physicists in the field.  Taken as a whole, the book is focused on the interplay between mathematical concepts and physical ideas throughout history by studying today’s scientific world and how it continues to redefine physics in the 21st century .

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Theories of Gravitation in the Twilight of Classical Physics

    Renn, Jürgen (et al.)

    Pages 3-22

  • The Newtonian Theory of Light Propagation

    Eisenstaedt, Jean

    Pages 23-37

  • Mach and Einstein, or, Clearing Troubled Waters in the History of Science

    Wolters, Gereon

    Pages 39-57

  • Tilling the Seedbed of Einstein’s Politics: A Pre-1905 Harbinger?

    Schulmann, Robert

    Pages 61-71

  • The Early Reception of Einstein’s Relativity among British Philosophers

    Sánchez-Ron, José M.

    Pages 73-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Einstein and the Changing Worldviews of Physics
Editors
  • Christoph Lehner
  • Jürgen Renn
  • Matthias Schemmel
Series Title
Einstein Studies
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
The Center for Einstein Studies
eBook ISBN
978-0-8176-4940-1
DOI
10.1007/978-0-8176-4940-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-8176-4939-5
Series ISSN
2381-5833
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 363
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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