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Unconventional Voices on Special Relativity

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/10.1093/0199275831.003.0007
 						Unconventional Voices on Special Relativity

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This chapter begins with a discussion of Einstein's writings. It argues that the special relativity of 1905 was not a constructive theory, and part of the reason is the role that rods and clocks play in Einstein's attempt to operationalize inertial coordinate systems. It is evident that Einstein harboured a sense of unease about their status in his theory. The chapter then considers the publications of Hermann Weyl, Pauli and Eddington, W. F. G. Swann, L. Jánossy and J. S. Bell.

Keywords: Einstein; relativity theory; Hermann Weyl; Pauli; Eddington; W. F. G. Swann; L. Jánossy; J. S. Bell

Chapter.  7794 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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