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Einstein's Principle-theory Approach

Harvey R. Brown

in Physical Relativity

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199275830
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199275831.003.0005
 						Einstein's Principle-theory Approach

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This chapter focuses on how Einstein arrived at his special theory of relativity. It discusses Einstein's postulates, his derivation of the Lorentz transformations, and experimental evidence for the Lorentz transformations. The chapter then addresses the question of whether Einstein's inertial frames are the same as Newton's.

Keywords: Albert Einstein; theory of relativity; thermodynamics; Lorentz transformations; Newton

Chapter.  11055 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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