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The Genesis of General Relativity

Sources and Interpretations, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 250,4 Volumes, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science 250

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ISBN/EAN: 9781402039997
Sprache: Englisch
Umfang: XXIX, 2099 S., 2099 p. In 4 volumes, not available
Format (T/L/B): 10.5 x 24 x 16 cm
Auflage: 1. Auflage 2007
Einband: gebundenes Buch

Beschreibung

This four-volume work represents the most comprehensive documentation and study of the creation of general relativity. Einstein's 1912 Zurich notebook is published for the first time in facsimile and transcript and commented on by today's major historians of science. Additional sources from Einstein and others, who from the late 19th to the early 20th century contributed to this monumental development, are presented here in translation for the first time. The volumes offer detailed commentaries and analyses of these sources that are based on a close reading of these documents supplemented by interpretations by the leading historians of relativity.

Autorenportrait

InhaltsangabeVol. 1. Einstein's Zurich Notebook, Introduction and Source Preface Introduction to Volumes 1 and 2: The Zurich Notebook and the Genesis of General Relativity Michel Janssen, John Norton, Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer, and John Stachel Classical Physics in Disarray (Jürgen Renn) The First Two Acts (John Stachel) Pathways out of Classical Physics (Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer) Einstein's Zurich Notebook Vol. 2: Einstein's Zurich Notebook, Commentary and Essays Michel Janssen, John Norton, Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer, and John Stachel Commentary on the Notes on Gravity in the Zurich Notebook What was Einstein's 'Fateful Prejudice'? (John D.Norton) What Did Einstein Know and When Did He Know It? A Besso Memo Dated August 1913 (Michel Janssen) Untying the Knot: How Einstein Found His Way Back to Field Equations Discarded in the Zurich Notebook (Jürgen Renn and Michel Janssen) Index Vol. 3: Gravitation in the Twilight of Classical Physics, Between Mechanics, Field Theory, and Astronomy Jürgen Renn and Matthias Schemmel (eds.) The Gravitational Force between Mechanics, Electrodynamics and Astronomy The Third Way to General Relativity: Einstein and Mach in Context (Jürgen Renn) Gravitation (Jonathan Zenneck ) Considerations Concerning Gravitation (Hendrik A. Lorentz ) Absolute or Relative Motion? (Benedict and Immanuel Friedländer) On Absolute and Relative Motion (August Föppl ) An Astronomical Road to a New Theory of Gravitation The Continuity between Classical and Relativistic Cosmology in the Work of Karl Schwarzschild (Matthias Schemmel) Things at Rest in the Universe ( Karl Schwarzschild ) A New Law of Gravitation Enforced by Special Relativity Breaking in the 4-Vectors: The Four-Dimensional Movement in Gravitation1905-1910(Scott Walter) On the Dynamics of the Electron: Introduction (Henri Poincaré) Mechanics and the Relativity Postulate (Hermann Minkowski) Old and New Questions of Physics (Hendrik A. Lorentz) The Problem of Gravitation as a Challenge for the Minkowski Formalism The Summit Almost Scaled: Max Abraham as a Pioneer of a Relativistic Theory of Gravitation (Jürgen Renn) On the Theory of Gravitation (Max Abraham) The Free Fall (Max Abraham) A New Theory of Gravitation (Max Abraham) Recent Theories of Gravitation (Max Abraham) A Field Theory of Gravitation in the Framework of Special Relativity Einstein, Nordström and the Early Demise of Scalar, Lorentz Covariant Theories of Gravitation (John D. Norton) The Principle of Relativity and Gravitation (Gunnar Nordström) Inertial and Gravitational Mass in Relativistic Mechanics (Gunnar Nordström) On the Theory of Gravitation from the Standpoint of the Principle of Relativity (Gunnar Nordström) On the Present State of the Problem of Gravitation (Albert Einstein) From Heretical Mechanics to a New Theory of Relativity Einstein and Mach's Principle (Julian B.Barbour) On the Relativity Problem (Albert Einstein) Ether and the Theory of Relativity (Albert Einstein) Vol 4. Gravitation in the Twilight of Classical Physics: The Promise of Mathematics (Jürgen Renn and Matthias Schemmel (eds.) From an Electromagnetic Theory of Matter to a New Theory of Gravitation Mie's Theories of Matter and Gravitation (Christopher Smeenk, Christopher Martin, ) Foundations of a Theory of Matter (Gustav Mie) Remarks Concerning Einstein's Theory of Gravitation (Gustav Mie) The Principle about the Relativity of the Gravitational Potential (Gustav Mie) The Momentum-Energy-Law in the Electrodynamics of Gustav Mie (Max

Inhalt

Vol. 1: General Relativity in the Making: Einstein¿s Zurich Notebook, Introduction and Source Michel Janssen, John Norton, Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer, and John Stachel General Introduction Preface Introduction to Zurich Notebook volumes. Classical Physics in Disarray: The Emergence of the Riddle of Gravitation (Jürgen Renn) The First Two Acts (John Stachel) Pathways out of Classical Physics: Einstein''s Double Strategy in Searching for the Gravitational Field Equation (Jürgen Renn and Tilman Sauer) Facsimile and Transcription of the Zurich Notebook Vol. 2: General Relativity in the Making: Einstein¿s Zurich Notebook, Commentary and Essays Michel Janssen, John Norton, Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer, and John Stachel Commentary on the Zurich Notebook What was Einstein¿s "Fateful Prejudice"? (John Norton) What Did Einstein Know and When Did He Know It? A Besso Memo Dated August 1913 (Michel Janssen) Untying the Knot: How Einstein Found His Way Back to Field Equations Discarded in the Zurich Notebook (Jürgen Renn and Michel Janssen) Index Vol. 3: Theories of Gravitation in the Twilight of Classical Physics: Borderline Problems between Mechanics and Field Theory Jürgen Renn and Matthias Schemmel (eds.) Introduction Part I: The Gravitational Force between Mechanics, Electrodynamics and Astronomy The Third Way to General Relativity (Jürgen Renn) Gravitation (Zenneck 1902) Considerations Concerning Gravity (Lorentz 1900) Absolute or Relative Motion? (Friedländer and Friedländer 1896) On Absolute and Relative Motion (Föppl 1905) Part II: An Astronomical Road to a New Theory of Gravitation An Astronomical Road to General Relativity: the Prehistory of Karl Schwarzschild¿s Contribution (Matthias Schemmel) Things at Rest in the Universe (Schwarzschild 1897) Part III: A New Law of Gravitation Enforced by Special Relativity Breaking in the 4-Vectors: Poincare and Minkowski on the Law of Gravitation (Scott Walter) The Dynamics of the Electron (excerpt) (Poincare 1906) The Fundamental Equations for Electromagnetic Phenomena (excerpt) (Minkowski 1909) Old and New Questions of Physics (excerpt) (Lorentz 1910) Part IV: The Problem of Gravitation as a Challenge for the Minkowski Formalism The Summit Almost Scaled: Max Abraham as Pioneer of a Relativistic Theory of Gravitation (Jürgen Renn) On the Theory of Gravitation (Abraham 1912 (I)) The Free Fall (Abraham 1912 (II)) A New Theory of Gravitation (Abraham 1912 (III) Recent Theories of Gravitation (Abraham 1915) Part V: A Field Theory of Gravitation in the Framework of Special Relativity Einstein, Nordström, and the Early Demise of Scalar, Lorentz Covariant Theories of Gravitation (John Norton) The Principle of Relativity and Gravitation (Nordström 1912) Inertial and Gravitational Mass in Relativistic Mechanics (Nordström 1913 (I)) On the Theory of Gravitation from the Standpoint of the Principle of Relativity (Nordström 1913 (II)) On the Present State of the Problem of Gravitation (Einstein 1913) Einstein¿s Productive Misunderstanding of the Mechanical Tradition (Julian Barbour) On the Relativity Problem (Einstein 1914) Ether and the Theory of Relativity (Einstein 1920) Index