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Why Einstein did not believe that General Relativity geometrizes gravity

Lehmkuhl, Dennis (2013) Why Einstein did not believe that General Relativity geometrizes gravity. [Preprint]

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I argue that, contrary to folklore, Einstein never really cared for geometrizing the gravitational or (subsequently) the electromagnetic field; indeed, he thought that the very statement that General Relativity geometrizes gravity "is not saying anything at all". Instead, I shall show that Einstein saw the "unification" of inertia and gravity as one of the major achievements of General Relativity. Interestingly, Einstein did not locate this unification in the field equations but in his interpretation of the geodesic equation, the law of motion of test particles.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lehmkuhl, Dennisdennis.lehmkuhl@uni-wuppertal.de
Keywords: General Relativity, Einstein, Geometrization, Unification, Inertia, Gravity, Geodesic Equation, Meyerson
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr Dennis Lehmkuhl
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 18:53
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 18:53
Item ID: 9825
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9825

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