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Einstein Studies

Thinking About Space and Time

100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity

Editors: Beisbart, Claus, Sauer, Tilman, Wüthrich, Christian (Eds.)

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  • Examines the 100 years of work surrounding Einstein’s general relativity from a historical and philosophical perspective
  • Collects original research from leading authors in various fields, presenting a truly multidisciplinary approach
  • Analyzes past theories of spacetime and gravitation, while also looking toward the future
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This volume offers an integrated understanding of how the theory of general relativity gained momentum after Einstein had formulated it in 1915. Chapters focus on the early reception of the theory in physics and philosophy and on the systematic questions that emerged shortly after Einstein's momentous discovery. They are written by physicists, historians of science, and philosophers, and were originally presented at the conference titled Thinking About Space and Time: 100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity, held at the University of Bern from September 12-14, 2017. By establishing the historical context first, and then moving into more philosophical chapters, this volume will provide readers with a more complete understanding of early applications of general relativity (e.g., to cosmology) and of related philosophical issues. Because the chapters are often cross-disciplinary, they cover a wide variety of topics related to the general theory of relativity. These include:

  • Heuristics used in the discovery of general relativity
  • Mach's Principle
  • The structure of Einstein's theory
  • Cosmology and the Einstein world
  • Stability of cosmological models
  • The metaphysical nature of spacetime
  • The relationship between spacetime and dynamics
  • The Geodesic Principle
  • Symmetries
Thinking About Space and Time will be a valuable resource for historians of science and philosophers who seek a deeper knowledge of the (early and later) uses of general relativity, as well as for physicists and mathematicians interested in exploring the wider historical and philosophical context of Einstein's theory.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Thinking About Space and Time
Book Subtitle
100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity
Editors
  • Claus Beisbart
  • Tilman Sauer
  • Christian Wüthrich
Series Title
Einstein Studies
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47782-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47782-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47781-3
Series ISSN
2381-5833
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 267
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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