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General covariance and the foundations of general relativity: Eight decades of dispute

Norton, JD (1993) General covariance and the foundations of general relativity: Eight decades of dispute. Reports on Progress in Physics, 56 (7). 791 - 858. ISSN 0034-4885

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Einstein offered the principle of general covariance as the fundamental physical principle of his general theory of relativity and as responsible for extending the principle of relativity to accelerated motion. This view was disputed almost immediately with the counter-claim that the principle was no relativity principle and was physically vacuous. The disagreement persists today. This article reviews the development of Einstein's thought on general covariance, its relation to the foundations of general relativity and the evolution of the continuing debate over his viewpoint.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Norton, JDjdnorton@pitt.eduJDNORTON
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: 1 December 1993
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Reports on Progress in Physics
Volume: 56
Number: 7
Page Range: 791 - 858
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1088/0034-4885/56/7/001
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0034-4885
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 22:03
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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