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.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context: A Historiographical Review

    Pages 1-14

    Blum, Alexander S. (et al.)

  • The Socio-Epistemic Networks of General Relativity, 1925–1970

    Pages 15-84

    Lalli, Roberto (et al.)

  • Patronage of Gravitational Physics and the Relativity Community in the USA (1949–1959)

    Pages 85-111

    Rickles, Dean

  • The Fock-Infeld Dispute: An Illustration of the Renaissance of General Relativity in the Soviet Union

    Pages 113-139

    Martinez, Jean-Philippe

  • Tokyo Wheeler or the Epistemic Preconditions of the Renaissance of Relativity

    Pages 141-187

    Blum, Alexander S. (et al.)

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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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