PhilSci Archive

The Local versus the Global in the History of Relativity: The Case of Belgium

ten Hagen, Sjang L. (2020) The Local versus the Global in the History of Relativity: The Case of Belgium. [Preprint]

WarningThere is a more recent version of this item available.
[img]
Preview
Text
Science in Context.pdf

Download (984kB) | Preview

Abstract

This article contributes to a global history of relativity, by exploring how Einstein’s theory was appropriated in Belgium. This may sound as a contradiction in terms, yet the early-twentiethcentury Belgian context, because of its cultural diversity and reflectiveness of global conditions (the
principal example being the First World War), proves well-suited to expose transnational flows and patterns in the global history of relativity. The attempts of Belgian physicist Théophile de Donder to contribute to relativity physics during the 1910s and 1920s illustrate the role of the war in shaping the transnational networks through which relativity circulated. The local attitudes of conservative Belgian Catholic scientists and philosophers, who denied that relativity was philosophically significant, exemplify a global pattern: while critics of relativity feared to become marginalized by the scientific,political, and cultural revolutions that Einstein and his theory were taken to represent, supporters sympathized with these revolutions.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
ten Hagen, Sjang L.s.l.tenhagen@gmail.com
Additional Information: This is a provisional version of an article accepted for publication in Science in Context, to appear as: Sjang L. ten Hagen (2020), The Local versus the Global in the History of Relativity: The Case of Belgium, Science in Context, 33(3).
Keywords: General relativity, Théophile de Donder, Neo-Scholasticism, Georges Lemaître
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Sjang L. ten Hagen
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 02:56
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 02:56
Item ID: 18647
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18647

Available Versions of this Item

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item