David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
University of Chicago Press (2008)
Much of the history of physics at the beginning of the twentieth century has been written with a sharp focus on a few key figures and a handful of notable events. Einstein’s Generation offers a distinctive new approach to the origins of modern physics by exploring both the material culture that stimulated relativity and the reaction of Einstein’s colleagues to his pioneering work. Richard Staley weaves together the diverse strands of experimental and theoretical physics, commercial instrument making, and the sociology of physics around 1900 to present a complete view of the collective efforts of a group whose work helped set the stage for Einstein’s revolutionary theories and the transition from classical to modern physics that followed. Collecting papers, talks, catalogues, conferences, and correspondence, Staley juxtaposes scientists’ views of relativity at the time to modern understandings of its history. Ultimately, Einstein’s Generation tells the story of a group of individuals whose work engendered some of the most significant advances of the twentieth century—and challenges our celebration of Einstein’s era above all others.
|Keywords||Physics History Physics Methodology Materials science Relativity (Physics History|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$24.05 used (45% off) $38.64 new (11% off) $43.00 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||QC7.S777 2008|
|ISBN(s)||9780226770567 0226770575 9780226770574|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Lydia Patton (2015). Methodological Realism and Modal Resourcefulness: Out of the Web and Into the Mine. Synthese 192 (11):3443-3462.
Theodore Arabatzis (2011). On the Historicity of Scientific Objects. Erkenntnis 75 (3):377-390.
Similar books and articles
Paul M. Clark (ed.) (1981). Modern Physics and Problems of Knowledge. Open University Press.
Max Born (1965). Einstein's Theory of Relativity. New York, Dover Publications.
Steven Gimbel (2012). Einstein's Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Harald Nordenson (1969). Relativity, Time and Reality: A Critical Investigation of the Einstein Theory of Relativity From a Logical Point of View. London, Allen & Unwin.
Max Jammer (2006). Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Hans Reichenbach (2006). Defending Einstein: Hans Reichenbach's Writings on Space, Time, and Motion. Cambridge University Press.
John Norton, Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and the Problems in the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies That Led Him to It.
Gideon Engler (2002). Einstein and the Most Beautiful Theories in Physics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 16 (1):27 – 37.
A. Zee (1986/1999). Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics. Princeton University Press.
Lincoln Kinnear Barnett (1957/2005). The Universe and Dr. Einstein. Dover Publications.
Albert Einstein (1933). The Origins of the General Theory of Relativity. Glasgow, Jackson, Wylie and Co..
Thomas Ryckman (2005). The Reign of Relativity: Philosophy in Physics, 1915-1925. Oxford University Press.
Arthur Stanley Eddington (1920/1966). Space, Time, and Gravitation: An Outline of the General Relativity Theory. Cambridge [Eng.]University Press.
Alberto A. Martínez (2010). Book Review. [REVIEW] Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 41 (4):366-367.
Added to index2010-10-24
Total downloads12 ( #237,094 of 1,781,268 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #295,025 of 1,781,268 )
How can I increase my downloads?