Einstein Studies

The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context

Editors: Blum, Alexander S., Lalli, Roberto, Renn, Jürgen (Eds.)

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  • Illustrates how general relativity developed from a marginal theory into a cornerstone of modern physics
  • Explores various historical episodes with a thorough analysis of the relevant scientific concepts, such as quantum theory, massive gravity, and dark matter
  • Engages in a truly interdisciplinary exploration of this prolific era of research, including chapters written by an international group of experts
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This contributed volume explores the renaissance of general relativity after World War II, when it transformed from a marginal theory into a cornerstone of modern physics. Chapters explore key historical processes related to the theory of general relativity, in addition to presenting a thorough treatment of the relevant science behind these episodes. A broad historiographical framework is introduced first, thus providing the broad context in which the given computational approaches and case studies occurred. Written by an international and interdisciplinary group of expert authors, these chapters will bring readers to a more complete understanding of Einstein’s theory. Specific topics include:

  • Social and citation networks
  • The Fock-Infeld dispute
  • Wheeler’s turn to gravitation theory
  • The position of general relativity in theories of fundamental interactions
  • The pursuit of a quantum theory of gravity
  • The emergence of dark matter in relation to cosmological models
  • Institutional frameworks for gravitational wave search in Europe
The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context is ideal for historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science. Students and researchers in physics will also be interested in the topics explored.

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“The renaissance of general relativity provides a rich case study for thinking about fundamental problems of scientific change. … The book is a great cross section of those different approaches, which will make it valuable to scholars in history and sociology of physics … . Nevertheless, The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context will quickly become a classic in the history of the field, and it will perhaps spur new research programs of its own.” (Matthew Stanley, Physics Today, July, 2021)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook 84,99 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context
Editors
  • Alexander S. Blum
  • Roberto Lalli
  • Jürgen Renn
Series Title
Einstein Studies
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50754-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50754-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50753-4
Series ISSN
2381-5833
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 406
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
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