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Mach’s Influence on Einstein’s “Biggest Blunder” and the Consequences for Modern Cosmology

  • Peter C. AichelburgEmail author
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Part of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook book series (VCIY, volume 22)

Abstract

It is well known that Einstein was strongly influenced by Mach’s ideas in his struggle for a new theory of gravitation. In 1915 he published what he thought to be the final equations, but not much later he modified them by adding a “cosmological constant”. One of the reasons for this modification was to implement what Einstein called “Mach’s principle”. I discuss the history of the cosmological constant and the puzzle of modern cosmology.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Vienna, Gravitational PhysicsBoltzmanng. 5, A–1090 ViennaAustria

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