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Lost Opportunity: how Einstein 1916 ingored Minkowski 1908

Nerlich, Graham (2014) Lost Opportunity: how Einstein 1916 ingored Minkowski 1908. [Preprint]

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Einstein’s (1916) first survey of General Relativity is deeply flawed in its informal introductory section, Part A. He presents the salient feature of the new theory as the mere lifting of coordinate restrictions on Special Relativity rather than its being a spacetime theory of gravity. Minkowski (1908) developed a different conception of Special Relativity, independent of light and signalling, with spacetime as its immediate and principal consequence. If Einstein had begun general relativity from that basis he would have avoided the many errors into which Part A fell.


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Nerlich, Grahamgraham.nerlich@adelaide.edu.au
Keywords: Einstein Minkowski General Relativity in 1916 Minkowski spacetime
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Graham Nerlich
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2014 15:21
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2014 15:21
Item ID: 11080
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: October 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11080

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