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    The Philosophy of Historical Case Studies.Raphael Scholl & Tilman Sauer (eds.) - 2016 - Springer.
    This volume collects reflections on the role of philosophy in case studies in the history of science. Case studies have played a prominent role in recent history and philosophy of science. They have been used to illustrate, question, explore, or explicate philosophical points of view. Even if not explicitly so, historical narratives are always guided by philosophical background assumptions. But what happens if different philosophies lead to different narratives of the same historical episodes? Can historical case studies decide between competing (...)
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    Outline of a Dynamical Inferential Conception of the Application of Mathematics.Tim Räz & Tilman Sauer - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 49:57-72.
    We outline a framework for analyzing episodes from the history of science in which the application of mathematics plays a constitutive role in the conceptual development of empirical sciences. Our starting point is the inferential conception of the application of mathematics, recently advanced by Bueno and Colyvan. We identify and discuss some systematic problems of this approach. We propose refinements of the inferential conception based on theoretical considerations and on the basis of a historical case study. We demonstrate the usefulness (...)
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    Einstein's Unified Field Theory Program.Tilman Sauer - unknown
    This contribution gives an overview of Einstein's work on unified field theory. It characterizes this work from four perspectives, by looking at its conceptual, representational, biographical, and philosophical dimensions.
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    The Relativity of Discovery: Hilberts First Note on the Foundations of Physics.Tilman Sauer - 1999 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 53 (6):529-575.
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    Einstein's Washington Manuscript on Unified Field Theory*.Tilman Sauer & Tobias Schütz - 2021 - Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 44 (1):94-105.
    Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, EarlyView.
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  6. An Einstein Manuscript on the EPR Paradox for Spin Observables.Tilman Sauer - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (4):879-887.
    A formulation by Einstein of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen incompleteness argument found in his scientific manuscripts is presented and briefly commented on. It is the only known version in which Einstein discussed the argument for spin observables. The manuscript dates, in all probability, from late 1954 or early 1955 and hence also represents Einstein's latest version of the incompleteness argument and one of his last statements on quantum theory in general. A puzzling formulation raises the question of Einstein's interpretation of space quantization (...)
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    Einstein’s Quantum Theory of the Monatomic Ideal Gas: Non-Statistical Arguments for a New Statistics.Tilman Sauer & Enric Pérez - 2010 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 64 (5):561-612.
    In this article, we analyze the third of three papers, in which Einstein presented his quantum theory of the ideal gas of 1924–1925. Although it failed to attract the attention of Einstein’s contemporaries and although also today very few commentators refer to it, we argue for its significance in the context of Einstein’s quantum researches. It contains an attempt to extend and exhaust the characterization of the monatomic ideal gas without appealing to combinatorics. Its ambiguities illustrate Einstein’s confusion with his (...)
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    Einstein Equations and Hilbert Action: What is Missing on Page 8 of the Proofs for Hilbert's First Communication on the Foundations of Physics?Tilman Sauer - 2005 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 59 (6):577-590.
    The history of the publication of the gravitational field equations of general relativity in November 1915 by Einstein and Hilbert is briefly reviewed. An analysis of the internal structure and logic of Hilbert's theory as expounded in extant proofs and in the published version of his relevant paper is given with respect to the specific question what information would have been found on a missing piece of Hilbert's proofs. The existing texts suggest that the missing piece contained the explicit form (...)
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    Hopes and Disappointments in Hilbert’s Axiomatic “Foundations of Physics”.Tilman Sauer - 2002 - Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 9:225-237.
    Sixteen years after his “Foundations of Geometry,” Hilbert published a communication that bears a similar and, by use of the definite article, even less mistakable title: “The Foundations of Physics.” In the opening paragraph of this article, Hilbert announced his intention self-confidently:In the following, I should like to set up — following the axiomatic method — a new system of fundamental equations of physics, constructed essentially from two simple axioms; equations that are of ideal beauty and in which, as I (...)
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    Einstein and the Early Theory of Superconductivity, 1919–1922.Tilman Sauer - 2007 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 61 (2):159-211.
    Einstein's early thoughts about superconductivity are discussed as a case study of how theoretical physics reacts to experimental findings that are incompatible with established theoretical notions. One such notion that is discussed is the model of electric conductivity implied by Drude's electron theory of metals, and the derivation of the Wiedemann-Franz law within this framework. After summarizing the experimental knowledge on superconductivity around 1920, the topic is then discussed both on a phenomenological level in terms of implications of Maxwell's equations (...)
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    A Commentary on the Notes on Gravity in the Zürich Notebook.John D. Norton, Juergen Renn, Tilman Sauer, Michel Janssen & John Stachel - 2007 - In .
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    Nova Geminorum 1912 and the Origin of the Idea of Gravitational Lensing.Tilman Sauer - 2008 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 62 (1):1-22.
    Einstein’s early calculations of gravitational lensing, contained in a scratch notebook and dated to the spring of 1912, are reexamined. A hitherto unknown letter by Einstein suggests that he entertained the idea of explaining the phenomenon of new stars by gravitational lensing in the fall of 1915 much more seriously than was previously assumed. A reexamination of the relevant calculations by Einstein shows that, indeed, at least some of them most likely date from early October 1915. But in support of (...)
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    Thinking About Space and Time: 100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity.Claus Beisbart, Tilman Sauer & Christian Wüthrich (eds.) - 2020 - Cham: Birkhäuser.
    This volume offers an integrated understanding of how the theory of general relativity gained momentum after Einstein had formulated it in 1915. Chapters focus on the early reception of the theory in physics and philosophy and on the systematic questions that emerged shortly after Einstein's momentous discovery. They are written by physicists, historians of science, and philosophers, and were originally presented at the conference titled Thinking About Space and Time: 100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity, held at the (...)
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  14. Including Gravitation in a Unified Theory of Physics.Leo Corry, Jurgen Renn, John Stachel, Tilman Sauer & David Hilbert - 2007 - Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 250:759-1038.
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    Beyond Einstein: Perspectives on Geometry, Gravitation, and Cosmology in the Twentieth Century.David E. Rowe, Tilman Sauer & Scott A. Walter (eds.) - 2018 - New York, USA: Springer New York.
    Beyond Einstein: Perspectives on Geometry, Gravitation, and Cosmology explores the rich interplay between mathematical and physical ideas by studying the interactions of major actors and the roles of important research communities over the course of the last century.
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    Einstein in Berlin: Dieter Hoffmann: Einstein’s Berlin: In the Footsteps of a Genius. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, Xiv+177pp, $45.00 PB.Tilman Sauer - 2014 - Metascience 23 (3):653-656.
    Books about Einstein abound but they sell. Perhaps more than with other subjects, if you want to publish a book about Einstein, you need to delimit your subject matter and target a sizeable audience. Topobiographies, as one might call them, that is, biographies with a focus on a specific location, are a popular way to meet this challenge. You are cutting down your subject matter to manageable proportions and you are addressing a naturally defined readership. With Einstein, topobiographical works almost (...)
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    Einstein on Involutions in Projective Geometry.Tilman Sauer & Tobias Schütz - 2021 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 75 (5):523-555.
    We discuss Einstein’s knowledge of projective geometry. We show that two pages of Einstein’s Scratch Notebook from around 1912 with geometrical sketches can directly be associated with similar sketches in manuscript pages dating from his Princeton years. By this correspondence, we show that the sketches are all related to a common theme, the discussion of involution in a projective geometry setting with particular emphasis on the infinite point. We offer a conjecture as to the probable purpose of these geometric considerations.
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    Einstein: The Formative Years,1879–1909. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2002 - Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 9:413-417.
    The publication of the first two volumes of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein in the years 1987 and 1989 marks a watershed in the history of Einstein scholarship. These volumes put together all available documents relevant to Einstein’s early years up to his move to Berne, and they present all his published writings up to 1909, when he would take up his first proper academic appointment at Zurich university. The initiator of the editorial enterprise and editor of these first (...)
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  19. Einstein Und Philosophie?Tilman Sauer, Anja Leser & Angela Krenger - 2013 - Swiss Philosophical Preprints.
    Albert Einstein ist für seine Arbeiten in der Physik weltberühmt. Nur wenige wissen jedoch, dass Einstein selbst auch philosophische Arbeiten publiziert hat und seine Erkenntnisse weitreichende Folgen für die Philosophie haben. Oder haben „Raum“ und „Zeit“ nichts mit Wissen zu tun?
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    Guido Bacciagaluppi;, Antony Valentini. . Quantum Theory at the Crossroads: Reconsidering the 1927 Solvay Conference. Xxviii + 530 Pp., Illus., App., Bibl., Index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. $126. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2011 - Isis 102 (2):364-365.
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    Hermann Minkowski and Modern Relativity Theory: Vesselin Petkov : Minkowski Spacetime: A Hundred Years Later. Dordrecht: Springer, 2010. Xlii+326pp, €128,35 HB.Tilman Sauer - 2013 - Metascience 22 (3):591-594.
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    Henri Poincaré: A Scientific Biography. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2014 - Isis 105 (1):229-231.
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    Jeffrey A. Barrett and Peter Byrne , The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955–1980 with Commentary. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012, Pp. Xii+389. ISBN 978-0-691-14507-5. £52.00. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Science 46 (4):731-732.
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    Jimena Canales. The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015. Pp. Viii+479. $35.00. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2017 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 7 (1):163-167.
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    Jeremy Gray. Henri Poincaré: A Scientific Biography. Xiii + 392 Pp., Illus., Apps., Bibl., Index. Princeton, N.J./Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2013. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2014 - Isis 105 (1):229-231.
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    John Stachel: Einstein From ‘B’ to ‘Z’. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2004 - Philosophy of Science 71 (2):235-237.
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    Massimiliano Badino and Jaume Navarro , Research and Pedagogy: A History of Quantum Physics Through Its Textbooks. Berlin: Edition Open Access, 2013, Pp. 296. ISBN 978-3-8442-5871-4. €37.84. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2015 - British Journal for the History of Science 48 (3):530-532.
  28. Multiple Perspectives on the Stern-Gerlach Experiment.Tilman Sauer - 2016 - In Raphael Scholl & Tilman Sauer (eds.), The Philosophy of Historical Case Studies. Springer.
    Different or conflicting accounts of the same episode in the history of science may arise from viewing that episode from different perspectives. The metaphor suggests that conflicting accounts can be seen as complementary, constructing a multi-dimensional understanding, if the different perspectives can be coordinated. As an example, I discuss different perspectives on the Stern-Gerlach experiment. In a static interpretation, the SGE has been viewed as an experiment that allows the determination of the magnetic moment of silver atoms. Based on the (...)
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  29. New Vistas on Old Problems.Tilman Sauer & Adrian Wüthrich (eds.) - 2013 - Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge.
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    Piaget, Einstein, and the Concept of Time.Tilman Sauer - unknown
    Inspired by a question that Einstein had asked him, Piaget analyzed the child's conception of time with a series of experiments that were published in book form in 1946. I briefly recapitulate Piaget's analysis as an interpretation of the conception of absolute time in classical physics. Piaget's suggestions as to how the analysis would carry over to a genetic understanding of time in the special theory of relativity are reviewed. In light of Piaget's work, some observations are made about Einstein's (...)
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    Paul Halpern. Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics. X + 254 Pp., Illus. New York: Basic Books, 2015. $27.99. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2016 - Isis 107 (2):427-428.
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    Quantum Theory at the Crossroads: Reconsidering the 1927 Solvay Conference. [REVIEW]Tilman Sauer - 2011 - Isis 102:364-365.
  33. Introduction.Raphael Scholl & Tilman Sauer - 2016 - In Raphael Scholl & Tilman Sauer (eds.), The Philosophy of Historical Case Studies. Springer.
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