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1931: Caltech, Once More

  • David R. Topper
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 394)

Abstract

During his first Caltech visit, in the lecture delivered to the observational astronomers (Photo 18.1; Fig. 18.1) who both confirmed his relativity theory and changed his mind about the static universe, the actual topic of this lecture was neither of these matters: rather it was his then present obsession with the unified field idea. So we return, once more, to the first Caltech visit, when Einstein not only listened to the astronomers but he also told them a thing or two – or, at least, he tried to.

Keywords

Gravitational Field Absolute Space Unify Field Theory Visual Thinking Appendix Versus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Topper
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  1. 1.University of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

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