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Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity

Emergence (1905) and Early Interpretation (1905–1911)

Authors: Miller, Arthur I.

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This book analyzes one of the three great papers Einstein published in 1905, each of which would alter forever the field it dealt with. The second of these papers, "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies," had an impact in a much broader field than electrodynamics: it established what Einstein sometimes referred to (after 1906) as the "so-called Theory of Relativity." Miller uses the paper to provide a window into the intense intellectual struggles of physicists in the first decade of the 20th century: the interplay between physical theory and empirical data, the fiercely held notions that could not be articulated clearly or verified experimentally, the great intellectual investment in existing theories, data, and interpretations -- and associated intellectual inertia -- and the drive to the long-sought- for unification of the sciences. Since its original publication, this book has become a standard reference and sourcebook for the history and philosophy of science; however, it can equally well serve as a text in the history of ideas or of twentieth-century philosophy. From reviews of the previous edition: ÄMillerÜ has written a superb, perhaps definitive, historical study of Einstein's special theory of relativity.... One comes away from the book with a respect for both the creative genius of the man and his nerve: he simply brushed aside much of the work that was going on around him. - The New Yorker

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From reviews of the previous edition: "Miller has written a superb, perhaps definitive, historical study of Einsteins special theory of relativity.... One comes away from the book with a respect for both the creative genius of the man and his nerve: he simply brushed aside much of the work that was going on around him." - The New Yorker

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity
Book Subtitle
Emergence (1905) and Early Interpretation (1905–1911)
Authors
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-94870-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 446
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