Einstein, Light Signals and the ∈-Decision

  • John Saunders
  • John Norton
Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 1)

Abstract

It is now three-quarters of a century since the publication of Albert Einstein’s ‘On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies’. Early in the spring of 1905, when the idea of his work on relativity was “still a mere concept”, Einstein anticipated which part of his work would capture the imagination of his contemporaries. In a letter of March 6th to his friend Conrad Habicht he wrote of “the electrodynamics of moving bodies by the use of a modification of the theory of space and time” and that “the purely kinematic part of this work will undoubtedly interest you”.1 At the heart of the kinematic part of Einstein’s work lies his discourse on the concept of simultaneity.

Keywords

Anisotropy Covariance Assure Defend Electromagnetism 

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Saunders
    • 1
  • John Norton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of New South WhalesSydneyAustralia

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