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A Conjecture on Einstein, the Independent Reality of Spacetime Coordinate Systems and the Disaster of 1913

Norton, John D. (2005) A Conjecture on Einstein, the Independent Reality of Spacetime Coordinate Systems and the Disaster of 1913. In: The Universe of General Relativity. Einstein Studies, 11 . Birkhäuser, Boston, 67 - 102. ISBN 081764380X

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Abstract

Two fundamental errors led Einstein to reject generally covariant gravitational field equations for over two years as he was developing his general theory of relativity. The first is well known in the literature. It was the presumption that weak, static gravitational fields must be spatially flat and a corresponding assumption about his weak field equations. I conjecture that a second hitherto unrecognized error also defeated Einstein's efforts. The same error, months later, allowed the hole argument to convince Einstein that all generally covariant gravitational field equations would be physically uninteresting.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Norton, John D.jdnorton@pitt.eduJDNORTON
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: 2005
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Series Name: Einstein Studies
Volume: 11
Publisher: Birkhäuser
Place of Publication: Boston
Page Range: 67 - 102
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 081764380X
Title of Book: The Universe of General Relativity
Editors:
EditorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kox, Anne JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Eisenstaedt, JeanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 13:48
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:07
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12562

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