Séminaires sur les aspects théoriques et expérimentaux de la gravitation

Einstein’s path to general relativity

by Prof. Jürgen RENN (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

Europe/Paris
Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane (Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane

Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques

Bois-Marie 35, route de Chartres 91440 Bures-sur-Yvette
Description
The talk will review the birth of GR on the background of historical documents, and in particular on the basis of Einstein's extant manuscripts. It will show how Einstein's work emerged from a transformation of the knowledge of classical physics in a process that involved an interaction between the development of mathematical formalism and its physical interpretation. It will also emphasize the role of philosophical reflections for both the heuristics and the interpretation of the theory.
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