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Einstein’s Correspondence Criterion and the Construction of General Relativity

  • Salvo D’Agostino
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 213)

Abstract

The exigency of establishing a continuity with tradition by showing that, even when introducing radical innovations, new theories do not break with nor contradict well-confirmed former theorie is so widespread in modern science that it can be considered one of its main postulates. This postulate represents scientists’ trust in the objectivity of the natural world and their presumption that, by affording a more or less accurate description of the world, physical theories cannot be contradictory.

Keywords

Gravitational Potential Equivalence Principle General Covariance Gravitational Theory Relativistic Gravitational Theory 
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Notes

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvo D’Agostino
    • 1
  1. 1.Università “La Sapienza”RomaItaly

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