What did Einstein know and when did He know it? A Besso Memo Dated August 1913

  • Michel Janssen
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 250)

The Nachlass of Einstein’s close friend and confidant Michele Besso (1873–1955) contains four pages, written on a folded sheet, with what appear to be Besso’s notes of discussions with Einstein about a preliminary version of general relativity known in the historical literature as the “Entwurf” (“outline”) theory.1 The first two pages of this Besso memo are reproduced in facsimile in Figs. 1 and 2.2 Of the various points recorded in the memo two in particular are bound to catch the eye of a modern historian of relativity.


Coriolis Force General Covariance Vacuum Solution Coordinate Condition Hole Argument 
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